Profiles

4th Annual Carberry Heritage Festival, Friday & Saturday, August 12 & 13, 2016

This page profiles some of the artisans, performers and musicians who have appeared at the festival or will appear at the next festival.

VINTAGE COSTUME COMPANY

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Based in Brandon, the Vintage Costume Co. provides authentic costumes, hair and makeup for all occasions from weddings to pool parties to girl’s night out. Adrienne Hiebert is creating a retro fashion show for the 2015 festival.

MARK MORISSEAU

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Since the age of 7 Mark Morisseau has carried on his family’s long tradition of musicianship. Manitoba’s multi-award-winning fiddler has a catalog of songs and albums that basically defines fiddle music in western Canada. Drawing on his Metis roots, Mark has taught musicians like Sierra Noble and the Gaudry Boys and played with Doc Walker. Mark and his band are now a Friday night tradition at the Carberry Heritage Festival providing music for the old-time dance in the community hall. Watch Mark perform a fiddle medley live.

CHRISTINA, THE CRAZY HOOPER

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Christina Munchinski of Brandon has adored hula hoops since age 5, so much so that her appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show won her top talent prize and trip to the Caribbean. What sets Christina apart from your neighbourhood hooper is she can keep over 70 hoops going at once on her body! Her appearance and workshop at the 2014 festival were crowd pleasers.  Watch Christina’s awarding winning Ellen performance.

 

TILLIE HARPELLE

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 Tillie is Carberry’s own singing, strumming and yodeling grandma who has performed at the Carberry Heritage Festival from its inception in 2013. Sometimes known as the Cowboy’s Sweetheart, Tillie’s music harkens back to the era when country and western music blended and often included yodeling. Tillie adds some clogging to her act. For her 70th birthday in 2000 Tillie released her first CD. That’s the cover on the left. You can hear Tillie perform the whole CD here.

 LAURA REEVES

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Laura Reeves, founder of Prairie Shore Botanicals, is a botanist with over 20 years experience.  She received her BSc. (Botany) from the University of Manitoba in 1997. Laura’s demo of cooking with edible wild plants that included yummy tastings was among the most popular events in 2014. Prairie Shore Botanicals is dedicated to increasing public knowledge of, and respect for, the beauty, diversity and usefulness of wild plants through specialized skills classes, presentations, consulting services, and sustainably harvested products. Find out more about Prairie Shore Botanticals.

MANITOBA MUZZLELOADERS      

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In the evolution of firearms the change from muzzleloaded guns to cartridges where spark, charge and projectile were contained in a single unit, in a bullet, was a future attractor so powerful that it shaped civilization.  Before the bullet, there were muzzleloaders and there still are. Chuck Vidnes (right) and Arthur Ingram are longtime members of the Manitoba Muzzleloaders Association. The display of their long guns is a festival highlight. At the top of every hour they fire off two volleys which echo down the main drag, startling everyone a little and getting their attention. Watch Chuck and Arthur load and fire their long guns.

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