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Tiger Hills Arts Association: From Bluegrass to Canadian Idol

Tucked in the undulating Tiger Hills of central Manitoba is a thriving arts and culture scene driven by the efforts of the Tiger Hills Arts Association. The magnificent 106 year old McFeetors Centre with original tin ceilings, grand old windows and bird’s eye maple floors in beautiful downtown Holland boasts not only a gallery featuring local, regional and national artists and a boutique with hand crafted articles by Manitoba artisans, but is also the planning centre for a multitude of entertaining and educational arts programming in the Tiger Hills region.

In collaboration with input from various community members and partners, plans for concerts, classes and workshops by professional and sought after entertainers and educators for surrounding communities originate in the THAA office. Dedicated staff, a board of directors representing interests of several communities and a core of volunteers make up the ‘team’ responsible for bringing in world-class musicians and educators.

The upcoming season features the incredibly talented Hoebig Moroz Trio, troubadour songwriter Matt Epp, Winnipeg’s energetic bluegrass performers the D Rangers, Masaki’s Rising Stars of Brandon University and Home Routes artists Alan Rhody, David Stoddard, Bob Evans, Maria Dunn, My Sweet Patootie and Kim Beggs. Canadian Idol finalist Jaydee Bixby will perform on January 13. Other activities scheduled include workshops with Gimli’s Heather Lair, seasoned quilter Marie Minaudier, international card lettering artist Kathie McIlvride, moccasin making by Marguerite Doyle and jewellery making with Aliza Amihude.

Music lessons include Suzuki strings, fiddling, drumming, piano, voice and guitar. Some of the featured artists at the gallery will be Jack Gantzel, Elaine Rawlings, Jane McDonald, and Denis and Kristin Bazin. Other area programs focus on scholarships for youth, very popular summer art camps, Ladies’ Night, Canada Day festivities and the regional scrapaganza.

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