The Opera House is proud to host a variety of unique and talented artists and community groups, each of which add significantly to the cultural milieu of our community. Here are some of the key groups utilizing our facility:




Borderline Singers is an adult community choir composed of 25 – 30 singers who converge on Manitou Thursday evenings. Their goal is to prepare two concerts a year with a varied repertoire; both classical and contemporary, including sacred and secular numbers.

In 2010, the choir prepared a spring concert and a Christmas concert. The choir also takes part in the Manitou Community Carol Festival and in the Pembina Valley Music Festival.

Proceeds from the concerts are used to fund various local improvement projects, to support music in the schools; we have also contributed to the Canadian Food Grains Bank.

Contact Jennifer Dobson at 204 242 2607



Candlewick Players on Opera House Stage

Candlewick Productions Inc. is a theatre/arts organization, based in southern Manitoba, whose goal is to create opportunities and development in arts in rural Manitoba. Candlewick’s on-going vision is to network and collaborate with artists, theatre groups, and organizations throughout the province to provide solid dramatic productions reflecting an integrity to Christian and moral principles.

Contact Information: Richard J. Klassen call 204-825-8406 or [email protected].

Candlewick’s team of creative artists are committed to supporting community theatre by being involved in a variety of theatre events and ministries throughout southern Manitoba:. Candlewick offers several opportunities at the Opera House:

1. CANDLEWICK PLAYERS – producing regular community theatre presentations at the Opera House.

2. XPLOR DRAMA – offering children and youth theatre presentations at the Opera house both in fall and spring.

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Coffee House Musicians

The Manitou Coffee House Musicians is a local organization which sponsors biweekly coffee houses during the winter months at the Manitou Opera House and which hosts concerts at the Opera House by local and internationally known groups several times each year.

For information, call 204 242 4414.

Although many groups perform at the Coffee Houses, the key music groups which form the Manitou Coffee House Musicians committee are:

    • On the Edge

On the Edge

    • Wing and a Prayer

Wing and a Prayer

  • Take Four

We have a great season planned and would like to invite everyone to join us for the 2019 ~ 2020 season. We begin our concerts at 7:30 PM each evening.

  • November 2 – Coffee House
  • November 16 – Coffee House
  • November 30 – Coffee House
  • January 11 – Coffee House
  • January 25 – Coffee House
  • February 8 – Coffee House
  • February 22 – Coffee House
  • March 8 – Coffee House
  • March 22 – Coffee House

Past Concerts at the Opera House

We have been hosting performers at the Manitou Opera House for close to 20 years. Some of the acts we have featured include:

  • Dell Barber
  • Rankin, Church, Crowe
  • J. P. Cormier
  • The Barra MacNeils
  • The Waifs
  • Danu
  • Ian Tyson
  • Swing Sonique
  • Natalie MacMaster
  • The Riffs with Leo Gosselin
  • Gary Fjellgaard
  • Valdi
  • Steve Bell
  • Connie Kaldor
  • John Allan Cameron
  • Garnet Rogers
  • Chuck Suchy with Stew and Juanita Clayton
  • The Peters Drury Trio
  • Comhaltas – Echoes of Erin!
  • House of Doc
  • Leskiw & Parkin with local guests
  • Tannahill Weavers
  • Guarnet Rogers & Connie Kaldor
  • The Dingleberries
  • Quinton Blair
  • Merina Dobson-Perry



DanceWorks on Opera House Stage

DanceWorks exists to celebrate dance and theatre through the study, practice, and performance of dance, theatre, and fine arts. Our desire is to reflect and enrich the rural communities of southern Manitoba to whom we serve.

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Mailing Address:
130 7th Street / Morden, MB / R6M 1E2
Box 119 / La Riviere, MB / R0G 1A0

Phone Contact:
Morden Studio – 204-822-9981
Manitou Contact – 204-825-4271


It is the aim of DanceWorks to study, practice, and promote dance, theatre, and fine arts towards both recreation and performance ends. With this in mind, we place particular emphasis on directing students towards performance rather than competitive events. Mission

DanceWorks exists to celebrate dance and theatre through study and performance, aspiring to reflect and enrich the rural communities it serves with an integrity to Christian and moral family principles.

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President: Loretta Thorleifson
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Phone: 204-242 2794




Jason teaches strings at the Opera House every week.

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Kim teaches voice and piano at the Opera House weekly.

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