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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. Originally joining the group as a violinist in 1956, her talent and expertise led her to become become Music Director in February of 1993.

About Our Music Director
In 2015, Dave Schmidt was appointed Musical Director and Conductor. Mr. Schmidt is a Juno award winning musician who has performed across the nation, both as a solo artist and with various groups. He has performed twice for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the Premier of Manitoba, and for Prime Minister Jean Chretian.

Dave has played with numerous Jazz Ensembles, received numerous awards in both Canada and the USA and has also performed for such events as the Scott Tournament of Hearts, Red River Ex, Manitoba Legislative Open House, World Curling, Canada Summer Games, Political Party Conferences and many more.

Our Performances

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

  • Lyric Theatre - Summer Concert Series
  • ScotiaBank Stage - The Forks Markets
  • Manitoba Legislature Canada Day Celebrations (the Forks)
  • Winnipeg Convention Centre
  • The Big Sing - Male Choruses of America
  • The Assiniboine Park Conservatory
  • Cristkindlmarkt - Ft. Garry Place
  • Joint concerts with other orchestras and musical groups
  • Fundraising concerts local and abroad regularly for seniors at Lions Place, and other personal care homes and senior centres

Winnipeg Pops Orchestra - Scotiabank Stage - The Forks



Villa Aulneau - 601 Aulneau St.
Thursday, November 29, 7:15pm
(Private Performance)

National Peter Gzowski Foundation Dinner
A Peter Gzowski Invitational Event in support of the John Howard Society of Manitoba
Club Regent Casino Hotel Grand Ballroom
Thursday June 7, 2018
Tickets available at the John Howard Society of Manitoba,
or order online at:

Lions Place - 610 Portage Avenue
Date: May 2018
(Private Performance)

"Partying With The Pops"
John Howard Society National Conference
Fort Garry Hotel, Concert Hall Grand Ballroom
Tuesday, May 29th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
(Private Event)

Spring Fundraiser Concert
Centre culturel franco-manitobain - Pauline-Boutal Hall
340 Provencher Boulevard
Saturday, April 28th
Watch this page for ticket information!


Kildonan Personal Care Centre - 1970 Henderson Ave.
Thursday, December 7th, 7:00pm
(Private Performance)

Holy Redeemer Parish
264 Donwood Dr
Sunday, December 3rd, 7:00pm
Public Fundraising Performance - All are Welcome!
Tickets can be purchased by contacting the church office at:
(204) 669-0501

Villa Aulneau - 601 Aulneau St.
Thursday, November 30, 7:15pm
(Private Performance)

Lions Place - 610 Portage Avenue
Thursday, November 23rd - 7:30pm
(Private Performance)

Lyric Theatre Summer Concert Series Opener, Assiniboine Park
Thursday, June 22nd, 7:00pm
(Free Public Performance)

Tuxedo Villa Extendicare - 2060 Corydon Ave.
Thursday, June 15th, 7:15pm
(Private Performance)

"Dining With the POPS For Literacy"
A Peter Gzowski Invitational Event in support of the John Howard Society of Manitoba
Canad Inns Club Regent Casino Hotel

Thursday June 8, 2017
Tickets: $75.00 per person
Available at the John Howard Society of Manitoba,
or order online at:

Lions Place Spring Concert - 610 Portage Ave.
Thursday, May 25 - 7:30pm
(Private Performance)

Riverview Health Centre - 1 Morley
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 7:00pm
(Private Performance)

St. Stephen's Anglican Church - 220 Helmsdale Ave
Sunday, February 12th - 2017 at 7:00pm
Fundraising Performance


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