Arborg, MB October 23-28, 2018


In the late 19th and early 20th centuries Chautauquas travelled across the prairies, bringing diverse cultural programming to rural communities. Lectures, concerts, performances and demonstrations gathered the citizens together under one big tent for delightful artistic exchanges. Theatre Projects Manitoba brings to life a modern Chautauqua this fall. A merry band of multidisciplinary artists will go on the road together for one month, conducting week long residencies in four Interlake locations, our third week takes us to Arborg and Riverton.



Youth Theatre Class

6:30-8:30pm, Arborg Collegiate Institute Library

Try out acting! Learn how to transform a story to a performance on stage using your body, voice and imagination. Ages 7-14. Email [email protected] to sign up



Senior’s Fun Day

1:30-3:30pm, Arborg Heritage Village Hall

Seniors are welcome to enjoy refreshments and the arts in Arborg. Special guests include singer/songwriter Daniel Jordan (Red Moon Road) who will lead a singalong, as well as craft artist Claire Thérèse Friesen and theatre creator Andraea Sartison who will lead fun activities throughout the afternoon.


Oral History Workshop part 1

6:00-8:00pm, 4th Floor, Arborg Assisted Living Facility

Adults and teens (ages 15 and up)- history lovers, actors and storytellers are all welcome. We will dig into Arborg history and then learn how to create a performance from this found material. Participants in this two part workshop will have the opportunity to debut their creations at the Community Salon (Friday). E-mail [email protected] to sign up. 


The Rug Project- Braiding together stories from the Interlake

6:30-8:30pm, House of Hope

We invite you to participate in a collaborative storytelling project with Claire Thérèse Friesen:
“Braiding rag rugs is a skill passed on to me by my grandmother and her mother before her.  They took fabric that was worn and torn and gave it a new life by braiding it into a rug that greeted visitors as they entered the home.  Each strip of fabric represented a piece of their daily life – an old bedsheet, a favourite shirt, a stained tablecloth. Using fabric as the spark, we will share experiences and memories. We’ll discover new things about each other, while also finding out how our stories are similar and connected.”
When the project is complete, we will have created a beautiful rag rug embedded with stories of home and the land gathered from numerous communities in Manitoba’s Interlake.

Please bring a piece of fabric to contribute to the rug!



Community Old Time Dance

1:30-3:30pm, Riverton Hall

All are welcome to attend an old time dance featuring Country Pride in Riverton. Party co-hosted by the Riverton Friendship Centre. Refreshments provided.


Oral History Workshop part 2

6:00-8:00pm, 4th Floor, Arborg Assisted Living Facility


Vinarterta Workshop

6:00-9:00pm, Arborg Heritage Village Hall

Learn the process of making vinarterta with a true Icelandic Ama. The cost covers the materials so you can take your vinarterta home at the end of the evening! $25.00 per person. Participants must bring own rolling pin. Limited space, contact Marlene at 204-376-5607 to sign up.


A Song for John Ramsay Film Premiere and concert featuring William Prince, Scott Nolan and Duncan Mercredi

7:00-9:00pm, Riverton Hall

Gimli filmmaker Andy Blicq premieres his newest work- a “Song for John Ramsay” featuring Juno Award Winning songwriter William Prince (Peguis). Discover this rich local history of early Icelandic settlers and their friendship with local Indigenous man John Ramsay- right in Riverton near where it all began. The film will be followed by performances featuring special guests William Prince, Scott Nolan and Duncan Mercredi.

A Song for John Ramsay was commissioned by the New Iceland Heritage Museum as part of their newest exhibit that focuses on the legend of John Ramsay, and was created in the spirit of Reconciliation to highlight early stories of partnership and friendship between Icelandic Settlers and the Indigenous people in the New Iceland area. We thank them for their integral part in making this story and artwork come to life.



Kitchen Party

8:00-10:00pm, Arborg Legion

Bring your instruments down to the Arborg Legion and join multi-instrumentalist Daniel Jordan (Red Moon Road) in an evening of jamming, sharing and singalongs. All are welcome (teens-seniors).



Historical Tour with Art

10:30am-12:30pm, Meet at the Arborg Heritage Village

Join a multi-disciplinary team of artists and local historian Joel Friðfinnsson on a free tour of New Iceland. Meet at the Arborg Heritage Village and then embark on a two hour journey stopping at key point to hear local stories through music, spoken word and performance. Co-hosted by the Riverton Friendship Centre, the Arborg Chautauqua Host Committee and Theatre Projects Manitoba. All ages welcome- e-mail [email protected] to sign up.  


Perogy Making Workshop

2:00-5:00pm, Arborg Heritage Village Hall

Learn the process of making traditional perogies from a real Baba! The workshop cost covers the materials so you can take your perogies home with you. $25.00 per person. Participants must bring own rolling pin. Limited space, contact Marlene at 204-376-5607  to sign up.


Community Salon

7:00-9:00pm, Arborg Heritage Village Hall

An evening of local stories & performances featuring community members and the artists of the Interlake Chautauqua tour. All ages are welcome!



Mary’s Wedding by Stephen Massicotte

2:00pm Arborg Bifrost Community Centre

A play with a heart as big as the prairie sky Mary’s Wedding is a beautiful production that honours the 100th Anniversary of Armistice (November 11, 1918) with a love story. Appropriate for ages 12 to 100. Join us!


During the week the artists will also be in residence in Peguis Central School, Riverton Collegiate, and Arborg Collegiate.


Tour presented by Theatre Projects Manitoba, in collaboration with the Arborg Heritage Village, the Town of Arborg, the Riverton Friendship Centre, the Creative Cocoon and school partners in Arborg and Riverton. The Interlake Chautauqua Tour is funded by Theatre Projects Manitoba with their support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council and all our seasonal sponsors and donors including TD Canada Trust, an essential tour partner.