Video of PCI Brass Quintet and Drumline

The Hoop and Holler cameras were rolling and captured some amazing performances at the PCI Evening With The Arts. This video contains the opening Oh Canada by the Brass Quintet and then ends with a literal...

PCI’s Got Talent!

Some very talented and gifted teens put their passions on display at the PCI Evening With The Arts showcase.  The event featured artwork, drama, and music. The Hoop and Holler was on hand to capture the show....

Loose Unit Performs “Does your mother know?”

Click the play icon in the image above to watch a live recording from Loose Unit at the William Glesby Centre this past January. Loose Unit is a local trio featuring Trevor Handford, Shane Sobkowich and...

Farewell $2 Bill and Ciara Dawn

Ciara Dawn Latendresse and Bill ‘$2 Bill’ Miles As they rode the wind into our area so did they leave. But before they left, the Hoop and Holler cameras rolled on one of their busking performances in...

Hit Country Song Has Portage Roots

Recently released, "Shake It Like It's Saturday Night", by Doc Walker, is taking the country charts by storm and is packed full of Portage la Prairie references. Our hometown boys have cranked out a...

Dennis Wiens

This week The Hoop and Holler look at the Ripples Art Group features the work of Dennis Wiens. Along with 3D photography, Dennis was showing some of his outstanding nature photography. “I love being...

ARTISAN

This vignette takes a look a 4 artists, their processes and work. Micheline Berard, Rusty Rutherford, Helen White and Gabrielle Neuchwander. Episode 3 of the "A Days Walk" series. Originally produced by...

Ellie Petkau

This week we take a look at the work of Ellie Petkau from the Ripples Art Group. Ellie has been working with water colours and oil since about 1980. She originally teamed up with other notable local artists...

Video From Portage’s Blair Hordeski

Singer-songwriter Blair Hordeski has been making music since his hair-metal days as a student at LaVerdendrye School. The Hoop and Holler is excited to share his song and video “Sundays are for...

Yosh 10 – ICE

This week we look back with Yosh at some winter sports. At the old Arena. Was this the one downtown across from the Portage Credit Union, or the Centennial? Looking at this shot, I suspect it was the...

Liz Budgell – Stained Glass

This week our Ripples Art Group Show and Sale, feature photo essay is on stained glass creator Liz Budgell. Liz has been working in this medium for over 12 years incorporating a myriad of other materials into...

Peanuts…a Poem by Peter

Peter Neudorf should have been called Peter Reimer. This 81 year old Portage la Prairie poet has been writing inspirational rhymes for years and has assembled volumes of material. Peter would describe his...

Yosh 9 – Parades

In the spirit of the Winter Lights Parade this past friday, we take a look at a few snaps of Portage la Prairians parading in years past. PCI Parade during election season. Not sure what the story is...
Bagot Boys

Bagot Boy and Friends Rock a Christmas Classic

This is Alvin and the Chipmunks like you’ve never heard. Donovan Ostapowich from Bagot, Ryan Guth from MacGregor and Robert Hunter from Winnipeg have teamed up for some musical wizardry to deliver a new...

Wood Turning

This weeks Ripples Art Group photo essay is on wood turning master Gary Little. Take a look. Gary Little demonstrating "piercing" at Ripples Art Show Gary and Gerry (soon to be profiled) had just returned...

Yosh 6 – November 11

With Remembrance Day approaching, we take a look back with Yosh Tashiro, at some of the images surrounding the Cenotaph and the military presence  in Portage over the...

Lee Beaton

Here is the first instalment in our photo essays on the The Ripples Art Show. This Week its Lee Beaton. Lee composes portraits and landscapes using a variety of mediums including pastels, acrylic, coloured...

Soup for You!

Today, November 1, 2011 the “O Canada” version of Chicken Soup for the Soul is released in book stores with a big Portage la Prairie connection. Portage la Prairie published author, Terrie Todd with the...

From Yosh

Many of you know the legacy of Yosh Tashiro. Past photographer whose massive photo archive spanning almost 30 years was recently recovered and is currently being managed at the Collegiate. A CTV / Bravo...

“Grace” – a Poem by Peter

Portage la Prairie’s Peter Neudorf shares another piece of poetry this week with one entitled “Grace”. Grace by Peter Neudorf Respond to and rely on God’s amazing grace Jesus endured all the...