Loreena McKennitt to perform favourites during luncheon visit 0
QMI Agency file photo..... Singer/composer Loreena McKennitt will be visiting Portage la Prairie May 16 for an intimate performance to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Portage.
When celtic-folk chanteuse and harpist Loreena McKennitt visits Portage la Prairie she will be performing some of the popular songs that launched her career during an intimate luncheon engagement at the Herman Prior Centre.
"I'll be coming with my harp and I will be doing some pieces," she said in an interview with the Graphic. "I'll be doing Lady of Shalott, probably Stolen Child, Bonny Portmore ..."
The fundraiser event from 12 pm to 1 pm on May 16 will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Portage la Prairie. Doors for the event will open at 11:30 am.
"Essentially, it will be a handful of songs; I'll be speaking a bit and answering a few questions ..," she said. "I was asked to share the trajectory of my career and any things that might relate to the Big Brothers Big Sisters theme."
Also during the event, McKennitt's latest CD will be available for sale.
McKennitt has known one of the organizers of the event, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Portage chair Auna Marie Brown, from her time growing up in Manitoba.
"The organizations are often looking for fundraising ideas, and Auna asked me once: 'Would you consider doing this?' I said, 'I'd be delighted.'" McKennitt said, adding she has just come off of a 31- day European tour and was available for the event.
McKennitt, who is originally from Morden and now lives in Stratford, Ont., said she comes home to visit Manitoba often.
On a sad note, McKennitt recently returned home to attend her mother Irene's funeral last year.
She said she has visited Portage before and has memories of coming here in her youth to go to Delta Beach.
"I do remember as a child a friend whose family had a cottage on a lake close to Portage, and I have some wonderful memories of some summer days swimming there," she said.
McKennitt is looking forward to her visit to Portage this month and is glad to be able to support the local Big Brothers organization.
"It's nice to have as rounded an experience as a child being exposed to different adults," she said. "I really think that it's an organization I've long admired. It's very compatible with my own feelings and empathies."
Dawn Froese, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Portage, said tickets to the event are moving swiftly.
Tickets are available at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Portage office, at Portage Credit Union's locations in Portage and Oakville, and online at PCU Centre.ca/tickets.
See more in Portage Daily Graphic.