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Our Musical History in Winnipeg

Originally known as the "Airport City Pops Orchestra", the orchestra was founded in 1956 with an original group of six members. The Orchestra has a current membership of 50+ musicians of all ages and backgrounds, covering most instruments found in a modern symphony orchestra.

Over the first 35 years, the group was led by William H. Lord and then succeeded by Leon Bell after Mr. Lord's retirement.

From 1993 through 2015, the orchestra was led by award winning vocalist and violinist, Mary Ann Taylor, followed by Dave Schmidt through 2019.

About Our Music Director
In Summer 2019, Owen Clark was appointed interim Musical Director and Conductor. Mr. Clark is a drummer, percussionist, vocalist, bass player, composer/arranger, historian, author, and radio announcer. He has performed across Manitoba and Canada the country in numerous ensembles and bands. Owen was the honoured recipient of Jazz Winnipeg’s 2009 Manitoba Jazz Musician of the Year Award.

Our Performances

The WPO has performed in a host of venues and for a variety of events including:

  • Lyric Theatre - Summer Concert Series

  • ScotiaBank Stage - The Forks Market

  • Manitoba Legislature Canada Day Celebrations

  • Winnipeg Convention Centre

  • The Big Sing - Male Choruses of America

  • The Assiniboine Park Conservatory

  • Kristkindlmarkt - Fort Garry Place

  • Joint concerts with other orchestras and musical groups

  • Numerous concerts and venues in and around Manitoba

Winnipeg Pops Orchestra - Scotiabank Stage - The Forks


Spring/Summer 2019:

Lions Place Spring Concert- 610 Portage Avenue
April 25th, 2019, 7:00 pm
(Private Performance)

Bethania Mennonite - 1045 Concordia Ave
Saturday April 27th, 2019 - 2:30pm
(Private Performance)

Riverview Health Centre - 1 Morley Ave.
Thursday May 16th, 2019 - 7:00pm
(Private Performance)

Community "Thank You" Concert - Paroisse Ste-Anne-Chênes Parish,
162 Central Avenue, Sainte-Anne Manitoba
Sunday, May 26th, 2019 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
(Free Public Performance - please bring a "Tin for the Bin")

The Forks Market - "Under the Canopy"
Forks Community Band Festival
Saturday, June 1st, 2019 - 6:30pm

Riverside Lions, 188 Worthington Avenue
Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 - 7:00pm
(Private Performance)

River Ridge Retirement Home, 50 Ridgecrest Ave.
Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 2:00pm
(Private Performance)

Deer Lodge Centre, 2109 Portage Avenue
Thursday, June 13th, 2019 - 7:00pm
(Private Performance)

Winnipeg Harvest Volunteer's Block Party, 45 Dalhousie
Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 - 2:00pm
Free Public Event
The community is welcome, food, games, music,
with all proceeds going to Winnipeg Harvest

Lyric Theatre Summer Concert Series, Assiniboine Park
Thursday, June 27th, 2019 - 7:00pm
(Free Public Performance)

Fall/Winter 2019:

Bethania Mennonite - 1045 Concordia Ave
Saturday November 16th, 2019 - 2:30pm
(Private Performance)

Lions Place Winter Concert- 610 Portage Avenue
November 21st, 2019, 7:00 pm
(Private Performance)

Krist Kindlmarket
Saturday November, 30, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
Fort Garry Place - 85 Garry St.
(Free Public Performance)

Holy Redeemer Parish - 264 Donwood Drive
"Classics, Carols and Cookies"
Sunday, December 1st, 2019 - 7:00pm
Tickets can be purchased by contacting the church office at
(204) 669-0501

Villa Aulneau, 601 Aulneau St.
Thursday, December 5th, 7:15pm
(Private Performance)

Riverview Health Centre - 1 Morley Ave.
Thursday December 19th, 2019 - 7:00pm
(Private Performance)

Winnipeg Pops Christmas Variety Concert
Centre culturel franco-manitobain - Pauline-Boutal Hall
340 Provencher Boulevard
Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Public Performance
Tickets: Watch this page for further info!



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