History

The Honorable Duff Roblin P.C. and Maitland B. Steinkopf MBE, QC formed the concept of a Manitoba Centennial Centre in 1960 to commemorate Canada’s centenary and initiate a broad scheme of urban renewal in Winnipeg’s Point Douglas Area.

“The Centre will grow and will serve succeeding generations in Manitoba as a permanent focus for the performing arts, the sciences and the cultures of the wide spectrum of our people.”

Centennial Concert Hall, as part of the Centennial Centre, was built as a Canadian Centennial project. A team of professionals worked together to create this $ 8 million, 253,014 square foot venue with a seating capacity of 2,305.

Prominent Canadian artists were selected to capture the spirit of the Centennial Concert Hall. in the lobby, a mural by artist Greta Dale greets visitors. Two murals by artist Tony Tascona are featured on the orchestra level on both the left and right sides.

A number of sources contributed to the funding of this historic project. The Manitoba Centennial Centre was fortunate to receive donations from all three levels of government – Federal, Provincial and Municipal. In addition to government funding, an intense local fundraising campaign called The Manitoba Centennial Citizens’ Campaign was launched. This highly successful campaign sought private and corporate donations through various programs and collected close to $7 million to contribute to the project.

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ARCHITECTS

Green, Blankstein, Russell Assoc., Winnipeg
Moody, Moore, Whenham & Partners, Winnipeg
Smith, Carter, Searle Associates, Winnipeg

 

THEATRE DESIGN & ENGINEERING CONSULTANT

George C. Izenour, New York

 

CONSULTANTS IN ACOUSTICS

Bolt, Beranek & Newman Inc., New York

 

NOTABLE PERFORMERS AND SHOWS THAT HAVE GRACED THE STAGE

The Pixies
Tony Bennett
Bryan Adams
Lauryn Hill
Wicked
WSO
Les Miserables
Jillian Michaels
RWB
Johnny Reid
The Tragically Hip
Jackson Browne
Rock of Ages
John Mellencamp
Manitoba Opera
River Dance
Drake
Pink Martini
Daniel Tosh
Rodriguez
Dane Cook
Natalie MacMaster

A Perfect Circle
Loreena McKennitt
Beauty and the Beast
Danny Bhoy
Neil Young
Jann Arden
Video Games Live
Mamma Mia!
Counting Crows
The Backyardigans
The Roots
Stuart McLean
Demetri Martin
Sarah McLachlan
War Horse
Russell Peters
Chris Cornell
The Barra MacNeils
CATS
Charlie Pride
STOMP!
Spamalot
The Wizard of Oz
Lord of the Dance
The Book Of Mormon
B.B. King
Chris Hadfield
Diana Krall
Jersey Boys
Shen Yun
Robert Plant
David Gray
Blue Man Group
Tegan & Sara
The Piano Guys
and many more…