364 Smith Street
May 26, 2019Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Originally known as the Walker Theatre, the Burton Cummings Theatre was constructed in 1906-07. The theatre was built for a new style of professional-level entertainment and it brought ballets, operas, and Broadway-style shows to Winnipeg. The theatre was converted into the Odeon Cinema in 1945 and served as Winnipeg’s most popular single-screen movie theatre. In 2002, the theatre was renamed after Burton Cummings, Winnipeg-born performer, and former lead singer of the Guess Who.
In April 2014, True North Sports + Entertainment assumed management and operating control of Winnipeg’s historic Burton Cummings Theatre, acquiring full ownership in 2016. Investing significant time and resources, True North has set forth on a long-term project to program and rejuvenate the theatre as part of an exciting new era of entertainment growth in Winnipeg.
This year the Burton Cummings Theatre will feature Grant Simpson of Prairie Vaudeville. Grant will give a brief historical view of vaudeville in Winnipeg and show how the theatre was a central part of the halcyon days of entertainment. Grant will be joined by Howard Swan of the vaudeville act “The Haymakers” who performed on the Burton Cummings’ stage during the days of vaudeville in the 40s. Together they will give a short performance of vaudeville material using guitar, syncopated banjo, musical saw, ragtime piano, vaudeville songs, stories and laughs.
Performances will start at 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm, lasting 15 minutes.