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IN 2012 I HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO ORGANIZE AND CO-ORDINATE THE CENTENNIAL WEEKEND MUSIC
THIS WAS THE BIGGEST SHOW OF LOCAL TALENT EVER.
CONSISTING OF 10 BANDS ( 5 A NIGHT ) FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
IN THE ROY H JOHNSON ARENA
THESE ARE SOME OF THE BANDS THAT PERFORMED.
Somebody asked me the other day, Are you making any money on your web site. My answer was " no , not a penny ". He said why are you doing it. I replied--as a citizen of The Pas for 58 years, and a musician for over 50 of those years, I have always been impressed by the musical talent that came out of our small town over the years. I collected pictures and stories over the years and even wrote a book and produced a record album of local musicians back in '82. I felt the need to build a web site to honor and give credit to as many of the musicians as I could before all would be lost. The unwritten bond of all the local musicians is something I am proud to share and If I can bring back any memories and put a smile on someones face then it is all worth it. I'm not asking for money nor am I selling any advertising. Kind of a rare thing these days. I'm doing it because I enjoy it. I am still and always taking submissions and pictures and adding them to the site as I go along, and even when I move down South I will still maintain the site and eventually hand the site on to someone who will continue to add to the rich musical heritage from what I consider--my home town--The Pas
Uncle Jim and his Northern Ramblers
I was the fiddle player who won the ACT (Associated Canadian Travellers) amature hour in The Pas with Ray Lichowit on the guitar in 1947 or 48; sponsored by the Elks club.
I was eleven years old and had just come to The Pas from Pikwitonei. It seems as if I was always being invited to play somewhere from then on.
When I got Alex Samborski on the piano and Max Lebowicki on the guitar I had the core group to make a band. Some of the other musicians that played a various times were Lloyd Sayese, Maurice Powell and Willy Chartrand would sing. He had a great voice. We were called "Uncle Jim and his Northern Ramblers". We played as many as three nights a week at weddings, railroader's dances, Concerts and some nights because people just wanted to dance. This continued until I went to Winnipeg in 1956. It was a fun time for all.
THREE HAIRS AND A HAT
THREE PENNY OPERA
The Midnight Angels - not long after they went into the Gateway and began their touring career becoming Three Penny Opera in 68. Jim Moran and Bill Allard were the previous drummers