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The Broken Song Band at the West End Neighbourhood Patio

August 6, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The Broken Song Band at the West End Neighbourhood Patio – Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 8pm

The West End Cultural Centre will continue to require that patrons wear facemasks and show proof of vaccination for all events in the venue. We will continue to evaluate this policy as circumstances evolve.


Poetry in musical motion from two of Winnipeg’s most successful artists: writer (and singer), Margaret Sweatman; and composer/musician, Glenn Buhr.

The Broken Songs Band began with Margaret Sweatman’s spoken word, with bass, percussion and some sax; first, for the Winnipeg Symphony’s New Music Festival, then later orchestrated in the recording studio by Glenn Buhr with poetry. Then the lines of poetry began to sing. Eventually, there were song fragments with one verse that needed a second verse and a bridge, and so Margaret wrote more lyrics for Glenn, who trimmed and shaped them with his ear for blending melodies with words. Then there were a dozen songs. Then two dozen.

After several years going from project to project in several Canadian cities with a collection of different musicians, the Broken Songs Band has now settled in Winnipeg and is currently working on a project with poet/story-teller, Duncan Mercredi.


Margaret Sweatman’s plays have been produced by Prairie Theatre Exchange, Popular Theatre Alliance and the Guelph Spring Festival. She has performed (songs and spoken word) with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and the National Academy Orchestra, as well as with her own Broken Songs Band. Sweatman is the author of the novels Fox, Sam and Angie, The Players, Mr. Jones, The Gunsmith’s Daughter, and When Alice Lay Down with Peter, which won several awards including the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year. With Glenn Buhr, Sweatman won a Genie Award for Best Song in Canadian Film (Seven Times Lucky).

Glenn Buhr became well known in Canada as co-founder with conductor Bramwell Tovey of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival. Buhr has toured Canada twice as a jazz artist, and has recently performed his 2nd Piano Concerto with the Esprit Orchestra and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. His Symphony no. 3 (a choral symphony) was premiered by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in February 2008 with pop singer Sarah Slean as soloist. His full length ballet Beauty and the Beast has toured the UK (five times), Hong Kong, Japan and mainland China for a total of more than 200 performances.


August 6, 2022
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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West End Cultural Centre
586 Ellice Ave
Winnipeg, MB R3B1Z8 Canada


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