Doc Walker is coming to Manitou.
Manitou Opera House Foundation, together with gold sponsors Louis Dreyfus, Delmar, and Cargill, will present Canadian Country Music Award winners Doc Walker, Friday October 26, and Saturday Oct .27 at 8 p.m.
Chris Thorsteinson and Dave Wasyliw are the core of one of the most recognized Canadian country acts today, with over 20 Top 10 singles and a reputation as an entertaining live band. Doc Walker has been a mainstay on the Canadian country music scene for the past 20 years, and their show will include old favourites, plus new material from their latest album, “Weathervane.” The Heartland Acoustic show brings fans closer than ever to the band they know and love, against a backdrop of connection to our heritage and unshakable hometown pride.
The first single from the new record, “Heart of the Heartland,” pays homage to small town pride across the country. Produced by Gavin Brown and Dave Wasyliw, and written by Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw, Todd Clark, and Gavin Slate, the song was inspired by hometown pride, fond memories of youth, and continuing to find new inspiration in one’s roots, in this case Portage la Prairie, and Winnipeg, which has long been home.
“Heart of the Heartland is about all of the lives that were lived, and all of the memories that were created in a now dying town. One man’s connection to the broken concrete and dilapidated structures that harbour the ghosts of his entire childhood, and his unshakable hometown pride,” says bandmate Dave Wasyliw. “In short, Weathervane is the record we’ve always wanted to make. We don’t set out in a specific direction when we start writing for an album. We write, and write, and re-write. Much like a weathervane, it’s almost as if we’ll lick our finger, and hold it to the wind to see if we are on the right track.”
“Weathervane to me is a reflection of the amazingly crazy life I’ve lived. I am one of those guys that never left his home town, yet had the opportunity to travel the world. I’ve seen Canada from coast to coast many times throughout the years, staring out the windows of vans, old buses, new buses, trains and planes, and every time I’m shocked by the beauty of our country, but my heart has always been in the Prairies,” says lead singer, Chris Thorsteinson.
Doc Walker has been a favorite of Canadian country music fans over the past two decades. The group has received multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, including Fans’ Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, and Country Music Program or Special of the Year. In addition, Doc Walker has been nominated for several JUNO Awards for Country Album of the Year, including a win in 2009 for the album Beautiful Life.
Manitou is in for a show like no other; Opera House volunteers look forward to a fantastic Friday night, and another step toward retiring the small debt left from the accessibility expansion. Local teen band The Stowaways, all veterans of the Opera House stage, will open the evening.
Reserved seats are $30 or VIP $50 – call or text 204-242-4287 for tickets.
TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27TH PERFORMANCE BY DOC WALKER!
If you would like to speak for tickets, please call Lindy at 242 4287. Please note the October 26th show is sold out!
Doc Walker is coming to Manitou.