We pleased to announce one of our headline acts for our December 20th Live Fridays and special SSCOPE In the Spirit of Christmas fund raiser for our member employees that evening.
Quinton Blair on stage
The Quinton Blair Bandhas a long history of playing on the big stage here in Manitoba and opening for major acts like Doc Walker and George Canyon. They’ll be great we know on the small stage and intimate small room in the Treasures Thrift Store by SSCOPE that musicians keep raving about. We invite everyone to join our member employees that evening and enjoy the great music and spirit of the season.
Admission is free by donation. Every $25 donation buys one of our employee members a Christmas meal and a great gift. You can also bid for great donated prizes to add to someone else’s Christmas stocking or put under their tree. SSCOPE is located at 1466 Arlington St. Entertainment begins at 6:15 pm.
Watch for another headliner announcement shortly. Most of the performers who perform on our stage during the year are invited back to perform during the 4th annual Rockin’ the Bridge/Festival4MentalHealth held on Friday and Saturday, the weekend after the May long weekend. Mark those dates now to join us at SSCOPE again.
“Manitoba’s finest Honky Tonk country band. Ideal for country weddings, socials, house parties, rodeos and country fairs. Quinton Blair is the genuine article when it comes to honky tonk music. Blair was born and raised in Southern Manitoba, and has been touting his guitar back and forth across the Prairies for the last half decade. Writing and performing self described “real” country music, Blair is quickly developing a reputation as a stand out song writer and captivating performer. Blurring the lines between roots country, outlaw country and throw back country Blair cuts a wide swath when it comes to country music knowledge and understanding. Inspired by the words of Austin, Tx singer/songwriter Hayes Carll “I bet your tired of dancing to the same old song,” Q and his band are not afraid to play great tunes that are off the beaten track; and you can bet at every show there is a little bit of country music education going on, all the while bringing high energy and great guitar licks to centre stage around great writing and arranging of music. The double lead guitars that brand this sound are played by renowned pickers Keith Haddad (Double Eagle Band) and Adam Young, both of whom jump all in to the bands penchant for jamming new and old tunes at live shows. In a genre of music that is continually being dilutted by the flash in the pan success of fly by night “artists,” Q has established his sound and his following the old fashioned way…one honky tonk at a time, and one great song at a time. Whether it is bikers, wanksters or even dime store cowboys Q cuts through the expected washed out feel of Nash-pop country cover bands and connects with his audience through real music. Wrangling horses is in his blood, and has been a part of the Blair family for generations. From horses to train songs to hurtin’ songs Quinton Blair is sure to infuse your inner red neck, so belly up to the bar, buy a round and listen to some of the best honky tonk music north of Texas”.
Split Crooked, one of Rockin’ the Bridge’s 2013 headliners.
Rockin’ the Bridge Festival 4 Mental Health by SSCOPE is set for May 24 & 25 at 1466 Arlington Street. The public event, which is both a public awareness effort about mental health recovery and the work SSCOPE does, and a fund raising effort for SSCOPE, is now in it’s fourth year.
This year SSCOPE is raising funds (the Bricks & Mortar for People retail campaign) to expand it’s Thrift Shop approach in other areas of Winnipeg to expand on its work at 1446 Arlington St, and continue providing retail level employment for its members and assist the community with additional recycling and reuse efforts.
SSCOPE provided jobs and income to just under 200 member employees in 2012 and average bi-monthly payrolls average 50-60 program individuals. It’s goal with sufficient community support is to continue to expand it’s supported employment and training programs delivered through social enterprises to at 400 individuals by 2016, with expansion of offices and stores throughout Winnipeg.
View and Download the News Release and Lineup ( on page 2) by clicking the link HERE
This is an ad we recently posted on a high traffic classified ad website.
“SSCOPE Inc. is a non profit organization supporting mental health recovery through employment t 1466 Arlington St, operating Treasures Thrift Store from one location.
We wish to partner with a supportive landlord/developer or tenant with considerable extra space or sublet space to help us open additional medium to high end thrift and recycling stores in good to very locations in Winnipeg over the next 12-24 months in a cost effective manner to assist our fund raising and employment generation. Thank you.
Please contact our executive director for more information or reply by email. Bob Rempel, SSCOPE Inc. 204 987-6302 More information on our organization is available on our website at sscope.org”
As we grow, retail stores, help SSCOPE create more employment for a wider group of individuals that want and need to get back into regular employment with additional income. If you know of some potential opportunities for SSCOPE please contact us.