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The WPO's History in Winnipeg

Originally known as the "Airport City Pops Orchestra", the Winnipeg Pops Orchestra began in 1956 with an original group of six members. We have a current membership of 70 musicians of all ages and backgrounds.

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 Juno Award winner Dave Schmidt through 2019.

Our Music Director:

In Summer 2019, Owen Clark was appointed 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, Canada, USA and Mexico in numerous ensembles and bands. Owen was the honoured recipient of Jazz Winnipeg’s 2009 Manitoba Jazz Musician of the Year Award.

Owen Clark, Conductor and Music Director

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 orchestras, vocalists and musical groups

  • Numerous concerts and venues in and around Manitoba

Winnipeg Pops Orchestra - Scotiabank Stage - The Forks

Our Schedule

WINTER 2019:

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

Bethania Mennonite - 1045 Concordia Ave
Saturday November 23rd, 2019 - 2:30pm
(Private Performance)

Villa Aulneau, 601 Aulneau St.
Thursday, November 28th, 2019 - 7:15pm
(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 "Classics, Carols and Cookies"
264 Donwood Drive
Sunday, December 8th, 7:00pm
Tickets can be purchased by contacting the church office at
(204) 669-0501

Lindenwood Terrace, 490 Lindenwood Dr. E.
Thursday, December 12th, 2019 - 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!

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

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)


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