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See You At The Concert Hall

high school christmas choir

Our daughter-in-law conducting one of her high school choirs.

May is a big month for our family at Winnipeg’s Centennial Concert Hall. This Thursday May 18  a couple of choirs directed by our daughter-in-law will be singing in the MTS Rising Stars performance  of Carmina Burana. The Garden City Collegiate school choir and the Pembina Trails boys choir are two of the eight choral groups that will be joining the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for the concert. 

Royal Canoe performing at the Winnipeg folk festival.

Then the following Thursday, May 25 our son’s band Royal Canoe will be doing a full concert with the Winnipeg Symphony featuring music from their latest album Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit. There are still a few tickets left. After the performance there is a fun party planned in the lobby.  Our son will be doing some of the disc jockey duties for that. 

Would love to see you at the concert hall on both May 18 and May 25.  

Other posts………

Music to Soothe the Soul

Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit

Fun Evening in Toronto


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A Little Shameless Family Promotion

If you are looking for some great entertainment in the next few days you need look no further than our family.
men-of-songTomorrow night the male choir my husband Dave sings in will be presenting an evening of wonderful music at Bethel Mennonite Church. Dave will be playing his harmonica for one of the numbers and I’ve been invited to be the narrator sharing personal family stories and readings from the Biblical narrative. It is the last performance by the choir with their current director the amazing Shirley Bestvater. She is retiring after tomorrow night and so the choir will be pulling out all the stops in her honor. You don’t want to miss it.
swingle-bellsThen on Sunday afternoon our talented daughter-in-law Alisa will be performing with the Winnipeg Singers at Westminster Church. They will be reviving the music from their very popular CD Swingle Bells. The choir along with our daughter-in-law traveled to Europe this summer where they were the first place winners in a prestigious international choir competition in Florence, Italy. We will be at their Sunday Christmas concert with bells on. Why don’t you join us?
am-i-not-kingLast night we attended the Winnipeg performance of Shakespeare’s Richard II called Am I Not King?  at the West End Cultural Centre. What a moving piece of musical theatre that was! You can read more about it here. And yes here is another shameless bit of family promotion…. our son Bucky and his band Royal Canoe are performing all the original music in this production. They are just terrific. The show runs till Sunday and you want to be sure to take in this unique production.

So there it is. The Driedger family is providing plenty of options for your entertainment pleasure this coming weekend. Hope to see you!

Other posts……..

Music to Soothe the Soul

Fun Evening in Toronto

The Daily Bonnet Just Made Us Famous

A Handel Meat Pie



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Getting to Know Richard II

am-i-not-kingOur son is part of a group of performers who will be presenting a musical version of Richard II at Winnipeg’s Westend Cultural Centre this week called Am I Not King? I’ve been trying to learn something about the monarch at the heart of Shakespeare’s play. Here is the basic plot. 

  1. Richard II is a young monarch very trendy and regal but he spends money rashly on Italian fashions and his friends, chooses poor people to advise him and raises taxes to fund his sometimes ill conceived military escapades.  
  2. In need of cash he seizes the land of his dead uncle who was a really popular guy and this makes everyone mad. 
  3. Henry of Bolingbroke is Richard’s cousin and should have inherited the land Richard confiscated. People really like Henry who Richard has sent into exile. 
  4. While Richard is over in Ireland fighting a war cousin Henry gets an army together and invades England. Common folk and nobles alike rally around Henry and by the time Richard gets back from Ireland his cousin has taken over the country. 
  5. Richard is imprisoned in a remote castle where an assassin  who may or may not have been hired by King Henry kills Richard.

Here are five interesting things about the play.

  1. Richard II is the only play Shakespeare wrote completely in verse. 
  2. In the play Richard’s wife Isabela is an adult but in reality she was a child bride who was married to Richard at age 6 in an attempt to create peace between England and France during the Hundred Years War. Also historians believe Richard starved to death in exile. He wasn’t murdered as Shakespeare depicts. 
  3. The play was considered politically dangerous when it was written in the 1590s because at the time a group of rebellious nobles led by the Earl of Essex were attempting to overthrow Queen Elizabeth just as Henry overthrew his cousin Richard in the play. 
  4. A famous quote from the play is…… I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.
  5. I’ve found a novel for young readers called The Gentle Falcon which tells the story of Richard’s wife Isabella and downloaded it on my Kindle to read before I see the play

By the way you can get tickets to the play/musical here.  

Other posts……

 The Real Richard III

Henry V- Just About Perfect

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The Daily Bonnet Just Made Us Famous

dailybonnetbanner-3A former teaching colleague of mine, has started a very funny blog called The Daily Bonnet.  He satirizes the ideas, quirks, foibles and traditions of conservative Mennonites be they cultural, political, gastronomical or religious.  In Mennonite circles across Canada the blog is becoming quite a phenomena. There are times when the posts have me literally laughing out loud. 

Yesterday my husband and I were mentioned in a Daily Bonnet story that referred to a popular Canadian band, Royal Canoe. Three of its members have Mennonite roots in southern Manitoba communities.  

If you haven’t read The Daily Bonnet and you’d like a good chuckle check it out. 

PS. Not everything in the post is 100% true.  My husband and I do not live on Wellington Crescent, although it might be cool to have a home in the heart of a neighborhood that caters to the rich and famous. 

Other posts………

Could I Have Been a Grey Nun? 

Brush With Greatness

Fun Evening in Toronto

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Inspiration at the Winnipeg Folk Festival

royal canoeIf we ever get through the rushing water, I know, I know we’ll make it all the way. – Royal Canoereverend rambler

My Mama always told me to keep my fingers clean and say exactly what I mean.- The Reverend Ramblerthe sadies

Sometimes we’re kinder to strangers than to family.- The Sadies

leyla McCalla

I pray because I fear that I’ve got too much to lose.- Lelya McCalla

marlon williams

No one is truly sheltered from the cold……… but it helps to hold another if you can. – Marlon Williamsblind boy paxton

We’ve got everything we need right down here. – Blind Boy Paxton

the tillersKeep one foot on the platform and one foot on the train.- The Tillers

dan mangan

It takes a village to raise a fool. – Dan Mangan

jones family singers

People all over the world, join hands, start a love train.- The Jones Family Singers

current swellBe careful what it is for which you dream. – Current Swell

Other posts……..

Dragonfly at the Winnipeg Folk Festival

Regina Folk Festival

Nathan Rogers

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