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In a Nutshell: A miscellany of regional news Thompson hosts Pride Week festivities

~Libby Stoker-Lavelle ~

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Photo by C.C. trubiak

Debut album launch for Pabianek

Chad Pabianek performs at Johnny’s Social Club. Flin Flon singer-songwriter Chad Pabianek launched his debut album at Johnny’s Social Club on June 14th. Pabianek’s folky album, The Arms That Surround Us, beautifully showcases both his thoughtful lyrics and skilled guitar playing.  Pabianek  has been writing his own music since  age 12, and plays the didgeridoo and several other instruments in addition to the acoustic guitar. Earlier this year, Pabianek was a contender in CBC Radio’s Searchlight competition for up and coming musicians. In addition to his work as a solo musician, Pabianek has performed frequently with fellow local musicians Ann Ross, Doug  MacGregor, Derek Kemp and C.C. Trubiak, as the band Five Easy Pieces.  Listen to singles from Pabianek’s album at https://soundcloud. com/chadpab

Thompson is set to become the third community in Manitoba to hold an event to celebrate sexual diversity when Pride North of 55 hosts a daytime mini-festival at MacLean Park and an evening social at St. Lawrence Hall on June 28. The celebration will include a ceremonial Pride flag-raising. “We’ve been very well received, which to some of our southern compatriots is surprising,” says Michelle Smook, chair of the Pride North of 55 committee. Smook says many of the people they’ve approached to take part in or sponsor the event know at least one person within the LGBTTQ community, and some are thankful that such an event is coming to Thompson. “I get a sense of relief from some people,” says Smook. “We haven’t really received any negative feedback since we started, so it’s been awesome.” For more information, visit the Pride North of 55 Facebook page or email This article was excerpted with permission from The Thompson Citizen

Pirates in The Pas ~Libby Stoker-Lavelle ~

Lauren Wadelius as Ruth, and Beth Burrows as the Pirate King in Theatre 53’s performance of Pirates of Penzance

Theatre 53, along with singers from the Pas Community Choir, produced Pirates of Penzance, with three sold-out shows at the Westminster United Church in The Pas from May 29 to 31. The 30-person cast of local performers included three choruses and 10 main actors. Andrew Legeny was the musical director and Kristy Dyck was the stage director. According to Legeny, the response from the community has been very encouraging. “There are still people stopping myself and other members of the group on the street or in the stores, letting us know how well the production turned out,” he said. A hundred and twenty audience members filled the seats each night to watch the comic play. • • @cottagenorth


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