was to raise the money needed to cre- ate and erect a monument commemo- rating the work of Nellie McClung on the grounds of the Manitoba legisla- ture; the second was to educate and inspire oth- ers, especially women and girls, based on Nel- lie’s passion and achieve- ments in the pursuit of women’s rights and also human rights. The idea for the proj-
u Celebrating 100 Years of Manitoba Women’s Right to Vote at Mock Parliament Oct. 18 As a woman in politics, I also wanted
Continued from page 1 McClung humour on display
Nellie McClung and friends (“The Famous Five”) have been immortalized on the Leg- islature grounds. Photo by Garry Stewart.
ect began in 2002-03. As critic for the status of women, I was look- ing at various women’s issues within the prov- ince, wondering how we could celebrate women on Inter- national Women’s Day. An idea for a Nellie monument was born. Despite Nellie McClung’s prominence across Canada, especially with the Famous Five, she was largely unrecognized for her significant contributions to the life of women in Manitoba. I felt it was time to find some way to honour those contributions.
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us all to do a better job of recogniz- ing women’s contribu- tions, in their struggle for equality and in their struggles to make our communities better for everybody. While Nellie had many achievements, there are two that stand out for me. One is the success in having women declared “persons”; the other is the momentous victory of women in Manitoba being the first in Canada and the Commonwealth to be given the right to vote. As we near the
100th anniversary of that Canadian human rights milestone, I am grate- ful for Nellie’s passion and persistence, which led to women being able to take their rightful place in our democratic society.
Because of Nellie’s accomplishments,
I am considered a person, I have the right to hold public office and I have the right to vote. Pretty powerful stuff!
While Nellie achieved significant ground for women, she did it with no- table humour. The Mock Parliament, where the roles of men and women were reversed, was brilliant. In recog- nition of this famous Mock Parliament, there will be a re-enactment of the event on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Prairie The- atre Exchange. Let Them Howl will showcase the talent and comedic skills of 35 of Manitoba’s best-loved leaders, celebrities, entrepreneurs and notables. Tickets may be purchased at www. ournellie/letthemhowl, or call 204-942- 5483. The curtain rises on a key event in our nation’s history that set the stage for political victory and ultimately gained voting rights for Manitoban women. Invite your friends for some laughs, re- freshments and great company. Nellie McClung is an important ex-
ample of the incredible work both rural and urban Manitoba women have done to enhance our quality of life, strength- en the democratic process and improve society as a whole.
Myrna Driedger is MLA for Charles- wood and critic for health and for the sta- tus of women.
u Winnipeg's musical heritage The list of musical legends from Winnipeg is epic. Continued from page 1
music. Broadway icon, Len Cariou, (Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music) grew up here and began his career singing in local clubs and theatrical productions. Lucille Starr, widely regarded as the greatest Canadian country singer, was born here. Her 1964 record, The French Song,became the first million-selling record by a Cana- dian country music artist. It was produced in Los Ange- les by Herb Alpert of Tijuana Brass fame and topped the charts in several countries around the world, including an unprecedented 19 weeks at #1 in the Netherlands. Lucille was also the singing voice of Cousin Pearl on The Bev- erly Hillbillies TV show. Revered as the greatest guitar player ever, Lenny Breau got his start in Winnipeg play- ing country music and jazz gigs as well as being the go-to guitarist at the CBC. Lenny’s innovative amalgamation of country, flamenco and classical guitar styles revolution- ized jazz guitar playing. In the 1960s, Winnipegger“Our Pet Juliette” hosted the number-one-rated musical/variety show in Canada. American television star Gisele Mack- enzie appeared several times on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Jack Benny Show, and she co-hosted the weekly Your Hit Parade. She was born Gisele LaFleche in Win- nipeg. And it was here at Winnipeg International Airport on Aug. 18, 1964 at 2:05 p.m. that The Beatles first set foot in Canada and were first interviewed by Canadian media.
International rises to fame Terry Jacks of The Poppy Family fame (Which Way
You Going Billy; Where Evil Grows) was born and raised in Winnipeg. His solo recording of Seasons in the Sun sold more than 13 million copies in 1974, earning him multiple Juno awards. That same year Bachman-Turner Overdrive,formed by Winnipeggers Randy Bachman and Fred Turner, topped the charts in 21 countries around the world. During their time together, BTO earned 120 platinum,gold and silver recording awards. Their signa- ture song, Takin’ Care of Business, was first conceived in Randy’s north Winnipeg home and has become a rock music anthem used in a dozen commercials. Rock, folk and country music iconoclast Neil Young
began his career playing community clubs throughout the city. One of his most enduring songs, Sugar Mountain, was written while he still lived at home with his mother on Grosvenor Avenue. Neil’s album, Harvest, was named the top album by Rolling Stone magazine in 1972. He has played Woodstock, Farm Aid, Live Aid, Carnegie Hall and the biggest arenas and concert halls in the world on his own or with super group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and released over 60 albums in a career that shows no signs of slowing down. Neil made his recording de- but in July 1963 at radio station CKRC’s Carlton Street studio. Those same neighbourhood community club dances
gave birth to Canada’s first rock superstars, The Guess Who. In 1965, Chad Allan & the Expressions were re- named The Guess Who after their raucous recording of Shakin’ All Over topped the charts across the country and dented the United States Billboard charts at #22.
Randy Bachman relives his storied past on CBC’s Vinyl Taps. Photo courtesy of CBC.
Following several lean years and the addition of singer Burton Cummings from local group The Deverons, The Guess Who scored their first million-selling single, These Eyes, in 1969. The song was composed by Randy Bach- man and Burton Cummings at Burton’s mother’s house on Bannerman Avenue. This was followed by a string of million-selling singles including Laughing, Undun, No Time and American Woman, which topped the American charts for three weeks running in May 1970, selling over 2.5 million copies. That same year the band sold more records than the entire Canadian music industry and per- formed at the White House by invitation of fan, Tricia Nixon. American Woman was recently recognized as the greatest Canadian single of all time. The Guess Who continued notching up hits with Hand Me Down World, Share the Land, Star Baby and Clap for the Wolfman. Winnipeg still has it
In the 1990s, Winnipeg’s Crash Test Dummies became international stars with their quirky brand of folk rock originally conceived at the infamous Main Street Blue Note club. After jamming with old band mates at that club in 1987,Neil Young named his next band and album Neil Young & The Blue Notes. The Dummies appeared an unprecedented three times on Late Night with David Letterman because the host was a fan of the group. Celtic music queen and world music sensation Loreena McKennitt from Morden, Man., got her start playing Winnipeg’s Rainbow Stage and Hollow Mug dinner the-
atre and appeared at the inaugural Winnipeg Folk Festi- val. Loreena has sold more than 15 million albums and performed before Her Majesty, the Queen. The annual Winnipeg Folk Festival has become one of North Amer- ica’s premier music events drawing artists and fans here from across the continent each summer. The kids scene
Winnipeg has also produced two of the finest children’s entertainers in the world. Multiple Juno award winners Fred Penner and Al Simmons got their start together in a band called Kornstock before launching individual ca- reers. At one time, over 50 million viewers tuned in to Fred Penner’s Place on the American Nickelodeon chan- nel.
Opera to hip hop In the world of opera, Winnipegger Tracy Dahl is re-
garded as a major talent. She made her New York Metro- politan Opera debut alongside Placido Domingo. Inter- nationally recognized hip hop recording artist Fresh I.E. (Winnipegger Robert Wilson) has been nominated twice for Grammy awards and has won several Vibe awards. Dunrea, Man. born Daniel Lavoie began his career play- ing community clubs in Winnipeg before moving to Quebec to become one of the province’s greatest singer/ songwriters. He is also revered in France. Country
As for that cowboy songwriter, Winnipeg-born singer/ songwriter Bob Nolan, founding member of the legend- ary Sons of the Pioneers along with Roy Rogers, is re- sponsible for penning two of the greatest cowboy songs of all time,Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds and Cool Water. Bob appeared in over 80 movies alongside Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds is one of the most recorded songs of all time. The first song Beatle John Lennon learned to play on guitar was Bob’s Cool Water. (Talk about six degrees of separation!) Bob’s accomplish- ments have been honoured in the Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame,the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ca- nadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Western Music Hall of Fame,Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Smithsonian Institute.
Oscar the Grouch
And Oscar the Grouch? Winnipegger Oscar Brand is regarded as the pre-eminent folk music authority and has appeared onstage with the likes of Bob Dylan; Harry Be- lafonte; Peter, Paul & Mary and Joan Baez. He has hosted a popular folk music radio show in New York for over 60 years and wrote the Canadian folk classic, Something to Sing About (This Land of Ours). As an original member of the Children’s Television Workshop, Oscar was so fas- tidious that they named the grouchy Sesame Street char- acter after him. So by extension, Oscar the Grouch is a Winnipegger, too. Bet you didn’t know that. Want to learn more about Winnipeg’s exciting music his- tory? Sign up for John Einarson’s Magical Musical History Tour at heartlandtravel.ca
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