Mass Appeal 2018

The Winnipeg Arts Council’s popular participatory concert series is back for the third year!

 Mass Appeal is a series of concerts performed by, and for, the public. Participation in Mass Appeal is free to anyone who wants to take part either as a performer or an audience member. Concerts are free to attend, are performed by amateur and professional musicians of all skill levels, feature a wide variety of music, and take place in all kinds of publicly accessible spaces.

Each Mass Appeal event is a 30-minute concert featuring a different type of musical instrument, performed under the guidance of a Music Director who has prepared a repertoire suitable for players of all ages and skill levels. Anyone interested in being a part of the ensemble can download the music from Musicians practice the songs on their own (or they don’t!) and then show up at the scheduled time and place for a group rehearsal followed by the performance. The website contains tips, links, videos, and sound files for the songs to be performed. With music selections ranging from very easy to more challenging, there is something for everyone.

Over the last two years, we have been delighted with the turnout and enthusiasm from Winnipeggers who sang, strummed, played and even danced in the rain. Last year, one special musician won a prize for performing at all nine concerts!

Anyone wishing to participate, please visit find out more. 


Thursday, September 13: Mass Appeal Ukuleles

St. Vital Park (Near the Duck Pond)

Rehearsal 6 -7 PM; Concert 7:30 – 8 PM

Music Director: Kate Ferris, recording artist, and teacher, Winnipeg Folk Festival Folk School.

Saturday, September 15: Mass Appeal Strings

Millennium Library Foyer

Rehearsal: Noon- 1 PM; Concert 1:30 – 2 PM

Music Director: Dr. Leanne Zacharias, cello professor, orchestral director and chamber music co-director at Brandon University.

Thursday, September 20: Mass Appeal Accordions

Corner of Albert Street and Bannatyne Avenue

Rehearsal 6 -7 PM; Concert 7:30 – 8 PM

Music Director: Stephen Kiz, Accordion Instructor at Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Art and performer with BMW Dixieland Band.

Thursday, September 27:  Mass Appeal Choir

 Winnipeg International Airport- Arrivals Level

Rehearsal 6 -7 PM; Concert 7:30 – 8 PM

Music Director: Ben Campbell, music teacher and performer with Winnipeg’s hottest Acappella group Those Guys.

* ASL English Interpreter will be provided.

Saturday, September 29: Mass Appeal Percussion

Pantages Playhouse Plaza- Main Street and Market Avenue

Rehearsal Noon – 1PM; Concert 1:30 - 2:00PM

Music Director:  Scott Senior is a Grammy award nominated, Juno award-winning percussionist.