You Might Be From Portage If…

Here is a fun video that features some of the lighter things about Portage la Prairie. If you are from Portage then you'll understand most of the video and you likely point with your lips. You might be...

Wedding Ring Lost For 12 Years Returned By Stranger

Ring returned after being lost for 12 years Twelve years ago, Teresa Stanley lost her wedding rings and despite searching frantically for three weeks was not able to find them.  She had long given up hope...

A Man & His Dog Barking Across Canada

Being on the Trans-Canada Highway where the Yellowhead funnels under Manitoba's great lakes, Portage plays host to many characters traversing the country for one reason or another.  Today we caught up with...

Duck Walk VIDEO

This morning while walking over by the Portage library I met Rick Deleau of the Cinema Centre. He was taking a picture of something on the Boulevard.  Turns out it was this Mama Duck and her eight...

A Perfectly Preserved One Room Schoolhouse

West of Portage la Prairie, and a little Northwest of Austin is Edrans. Not much of a town, more a of a district.  It's there we met up with Robert Smith, whose Great Grandfather, a homesteader in the area,...

How To Properly Mispronounce Portage Street Names

In our endless quest to help Portage la Prairians capture and navigate our distinct local culture we have developed a helpful video tutorial on how to properly mispronounce Portage street names. This short...

How Far is it to the PCU Centre?

Since before the construction of the PCU centre, there has been this notion that it favoured certain parts of town over others by it's proximity.  Not central enough and so on.  We thought we'd take a...

Prisoner of War Camp @ Newton Manitoba

Did anyone know there was a World War Two Prisoner of War Camp at Newton, Manitoba? This video highlights a local collectors discovery  of an artifact revealing some of the history of this camp.  You never...

Nicknames for $1

IN a world where names define us The Hoop & Holler went beyond our given names and dared to sell new identities on the streets of Portage la Prairie. We found willing victims to hand over a lone loonie...

Captain Canuck back in Portage

On October 30th, The creator of Captain Canuck, Richard Comely was back home here in Portage la Prairie.  He and Fadi Hakim, producer of Captain Canuck The Animated Web Series were on their way to C4 -...

The “G” is Silent

Dr. Peter Gnanapragasam is a fine vet. Educated at the the Royal Veterinary College in London, he has is Bachelor of Veterinary Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Animal Health, is a Dr. of Veterinary...

Only Deals – The Movie

The Hoop & Holler cameras were out and about this week and made a stop at the Only Deals store in the Portage la Prairie Mall. As usual we had some fun and put together a spicy little video that tries...

Jake on the Cigar Box

Today, November 5, was "Take Your Kid to Work Day". Well, PCI Grade 9 student Jake Kostuchuk's parents, are both teachers (actually his Mom is a VP at Ecole Arthur Meighen).  Regardless, that's a boring...

All that Jazz

This past Friday night at the Ripples art show at the Glesby, saw Bob VandenBroek and Helen White deliver a wicked jazz set.  Something we don't often see in Portage la Prairie.  If jazz is your thing,...

Autumn/Harvest

Thanksgiving. On Thursday, January 31, 1957, the Parliament  proclaimed:  A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on...

Public Dancer At Portage la Prairie Mall

The Hoop and Holler cameras captured a strange and growing phenomenon in Portage retail advertising. The inflatable spastic dancing men seem to appear overnight designed to hypnotize and attract would be...

Election Stimulator Episode 1 – Development

With the civic election upon us, we thought it might be a good idea to stir the pot a little bit.  So, we're starting the ELECTION STIMULATOR series.  Designed to hopefully get people talking.  Now is the...

Gardener Sings About His Tomatoes

The garden season is quickly winding down for another year and this is cause for many of us to sing the blues.  Portage has a star gardener who sings gleefully about his tomatoes.  At this time of the year...

Crime Fighter Found in Portage Chicken Coops

The Hoop and Holler recently discovered archival photographs of a long forgotten portage la prairie crime fighter  from the 1970’s called THE CHICKEN MAN!  He takes responsibility for portage’s low...

New Speed Limits in Portage

A recent decision by Portage la Prairie City Council will see new speed zones set up around all Portage Schools.  We talked to Councillor, Irvine Ferris, to get all the details. Watch the video and note...

See What Is In The Bottom Of Crescent Lake

Crescent Lake Life Part II:  The Bottom   Does anything live in the bottom of Crescent Lake?  We went out with entomologist, Erica Smith, as she scooped the bottom of the lake.  Yes it was smelly...

Concert In The Park: Helen White

The concert in the park series has been running every Thursday night since July and continues for the month of August. Great live music takes to the bandstand stage from 6-8pm.  HnH cameras caught up with...