Local artists to showcase their music at international conference

Local artists to showcase their music at international conferenceA local music festival and a roster of local musicians are representing Portage la Prairie and Manitoba on the international stage next week. On Feb. 25, 16 acts from the Portage community and across the province will perform their original works at Folk Unlocked, the 2021 edition of the world-renowned Folk Alliance International Conference (FAI).…

Prairie Fusion Home series virtual concert tonight

Prairie Fusion Home series virtual concert tonightPrairie Fusion Arts & Entertainment is offering its third virtual concert this evening featuring musicians Gareth Rice and Jacob Kostuchuk. The concert is part of the centre’s Prairie Fusion Home series will be live streaming to its Facebook page (PrairieFusion). Please register so that we can track attendance. The Prairie Fusion Home series launched earlier…

Repair permits highlight planning district report

Repair permits highlight planning district reportCombined January building report numbers for the Portage la Prairie Planning District were buoyed by three repair permits totalling nearly a half-million dollars. Year-to-date combined permit value totals from the planning office total $4,609,000 up from $4,108,115 in the same reporting period in 2020. A pair of industrial repair permits valued at $2,565,000 and a…

Warmer weather brings respite to parts of Manitoba

Warmer weather brings respite to parts of ManitobaThe Polar Vortex has recalled its freezing tentacles and Portagers can look forward to some unseasonally warmer temperatures. The long-range forecast calls for -11c today and Friday with temperatures climbing to a -2c on Saturday, +1c on Sunday, a truly balmy +4c on Monday and dipping back again to low minus digits for the beginning…

Honour 150 recognizes three Portagers

Honour 150 recognizes three PortagersHonour 150 presented by Canada Life, this week recognized 150 people from across the province who stand out for their role in making Manitoba such an amazing province. Nominated by people in their own communities in 2020, these (“meet” all 150 Honourees here) 150 individuals range from teenagers to centenarians and represent the diversity of Manitoba.…

Comedian Ruth Wiebe laughing live from Herman Prior

Thanks to a HelpAge Canada grant, the Herman Prior Activity Centre (HPAC) has begun promoting series of online entertainment events dubbed Encore Series that are free to enjoy. “All of our concerts are presented through a grant provided by HelpAge Canada, helping older persons live with dignity in Canada and around the world since 1975,”…

Whoop & Hollar virtual concert series continues today

The Spirit of Manitoba Winter Concert Series presented by Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival kicks out its third virtual concert tonight. “The Spirit of Manitoba Winter Concert Series & Open Mic Night brings the joyful experience of a live show into the living rooms of Manitobans—while stay-at-home measures are in place this winter season,” organizers…

New name for Big Brothers, Big Sisters

New name for Big Brothers, Big SistersTo reflect more of the geographic area it serves, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Portage la Prairie, Inc. is changing its name to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Plains, Inc. BBBS Executive Director Dawn Froese says the change has been on the radar for a few years. “After the national logo changed in…