Steep Rock, October 9-14, 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, starting with Steep Rock, Manitoba and surrounding region including Moosehorn, ManitobaASHERN, MANITOBAGypsumville, Manitoba and Pinaymootang First Nation.



From Story to Stage Workshop part 1
7:00-9:00pm, Ashern Legion, 3 Main St
All are welcome (from teens to seniors) to gather and dig into local stories and learn how to animate them through theatre, music and craft. This two part workshop invites participants to collaboratively create a performance for the October 13 Community Salon.
Contact Merle or Patsy Klyne at [email protected] to sign up.


Songwriting Workshop 
7:00-9:00pm, Ashern Legion, 3 Main St
Meet with multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Daniel Péloquin-Hopfner of Red Moon Road to share and workshop your own songs at any stage in development. (Teens-Seniors)


From Story to Stage Workshop part 2
7:00-9:00pm, Ashern Legion, 3 Main St


The Rug Project-Braiding Together Stories from the Interlake
1:00-4:00pm, Steep Rock Community Club
All are welcome to participate in a collaborative storytelling project with Claire Thérèse. “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 that we’ve gathered from numerous communities in Manitoba’s Interlake.Please bring a piece of fabric to contribute to the rug!”
Yoga (formerly) on the Beach with Leila – PLEASE NOTE: Change of Venue!
3:00-4:00pm, Steep Rock Beach
Join yoga instructor Leila Alijani (Ashern) for some relaxing yoga on the beach accompanied by original music by Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner. It’s too chilly we are moving indoors! Yoga (formerly on the Beach) will now be held inside at Lot 5 North Drive W (private home, log cabin).
Community Salon 
7:00-9:00pm, Steep Rock Community Club
An evening of local stories & performances featuring community members and the artists of the Interlake Chautauqua tour. All ages are welcome!


Community Craft Show
12:00-2:00pm and 3:30-5:00pm, Moosehorn Community Hall
Curated by Sharon Cote, a community arts and craft show and sale featuring the talents of Grahamdale artists.
Mary’s Wedding
by Stephen Massicotte
2:00pm, Moosehorn Community Hall
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!
Throughout the week the artists will also be in residency at the Ashern Collegiate, Gypsumville School and Pinaymootang High School.
And it’s all for free!

Come and join us on the road, see what we have been working on with the citizens of the Interlake- and get to know one of the most well-loved regions of our province.

Tour presented by Theatre Projects Manitoba, in collaboration with the Steep Rock Community Club, the Moosehorn Community Club, and our community and school partners in Ashern, Gypsumville, Pinaymootang and Moosehorn. The Interlake Chautauqua Tour is funded by Theatre Projects Manitoba with their support from the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada, the The Manitoba Arts Council/ Le conseil des arts du Manitoba, the Winnipeg Arts Council, and all our seasonal sponsors and donors including TD Canada Trust, an essential tour partner.