Friday, 29 July 2011

Daniel Lavoie: Manitoba's unknown superstar.

Prime Times has a
good article about Dunrea, Manitoba's Daniel Lavoie.

In Quebec and internationally he is a musical superstar but here in his home province most don't know his name
. (I can probably toss Brandon's James Ehnes into the same boat !)

I first heard Lavoie back in high school. I saw the video for one of his early hits Je voudrais voir New York (and an English version Never Been to New York.) The voice and the song stuck with me and I followed him off and on over the years, (or at least as much as an anglo boy can !)

The song and video that likely has had the most play in Manitoba over the years is Jours de Plaine, a tribute to the beauty of the prairie landscape, its people and francophone culture. An NFB production, the animation is by Manitoba artist Réal Bérard.

In 1999 Lavoie was cast as Frollo in the musical Notre Dame de Paris
along side fellow Canadian Garou and France's Patrick Fiori. This is Belle, the feature song, in concert, (or if you prefer the theatrical version with English subtitles).

Lavoie returns to Manitoba annually to visit his parents and sometimes performs. Last year he took part in Manitoba Homecoming 2010 and has also played Festival du Voyageur.

A 1980 Winnipeg Concert

Daniel Lavoie The Canadian Encyclopedia
Daniel Lavoie Official Website

Thursday, 28 July 2011

The Castle of College Avenue (Part 1): The Biollo Family.

The Castle of College Avenue Series
Part 1: The Biollo Family
Part 2: The Biollos' Fall.
Part 3: Rabbi Cantor and Beyond

494 Cathedral Avenue
494 Cathedral Avenue
494 College Avenue, Winnipeg

I love walking around Winnipeg's older neighbourhoods. It's the only way to get a true sense of a community, something you just can't get by whizzing by in a car or relying on media stereotypes. Even in areas known for being rough and tough you will find neat places. Pockets of neat, tidy homes with wonderful gardens, a commercial building plunked in the middle of a residential street, or truly unique house that, if in any other part of town, would be a celebrated address.

This is the story of the unique house, often referred to as "the Castle", at 494 College Avenue in the North End.

 The Biollo home ca. unknown. (Source)

The story of 494 College Avenue begins with the story of the Biollo Family's early years in Canada. Olivo Biollo came from Venice, Italy in 1902 and settled in Winnipeg. He quickly found work as a railway worker. Over the next couple of years his brothers, Angelo and Santi and their families, joined him.

According to a family biography the brothers purchased the Savoy Hotel on Main Street and worked there. This was likely a very short experience as I can find no mention of them in Henderson Directories or period newspaper ads as being involved in the hotel.

October 17, 1905, Manitoba Free Press

By 1904 Santi and Olivio worked as clerks at Cancilla and Co., a specialty food shop and restaurant run by Frank Cancilla at 251 Portage at Garry Street, (on the present site of the Paris Building.) By the end of the year, Olivio invested and it became known as Cancilla and Biollo and the restaurant Venice Restaurant. The restaurant received favourable reviews and the following year they expanded to nearly double the size.

By 1905 Santi partnered with Givanni De Prado, who operated a steamship agency on Main Street, to open the Parisian Cafe at Portage Avenue at Smith Street. De Prado mysteriously disappeared in August 1906, apparently fleeing his debts so Santi carried on by himself.

During this time, Olivia and Santi lived at a rooming house or SRO hotel located at 45 Portage Avenue at Main Street. Angleo is not listed in the 1904 or 1905 Henderson Directories.

Garrick Hotel

November 7, 1907. Winnipeg Free Press

In April 1905 the brothers formed a partnership with other Italians, including a man named Ernesto Marchetti, called the Western Co-operative Construction Co. Their first project was the Mount Royal Hotel on Garry Street, today known as the the Garrick Hotel on Garry Street. (The architects were Smith and Bruce of Winnipeg).

During, or just after, the construction of the Mount Royal, the same company built 494 College Avenue in 1906 - 07. You can see similarities in the brick and stone work. The three brothers and their families, (Olivio was the only unmarried brother, but got hitched in 1907), moved into 494 College in 1907, each taking up a floor.

504 College Avenue

It's likely that neighbouring houses were build by Western Co-operative as well. From 1904 to 1907 the lots between 484 College to 502 College were empty. In short time, though, addresses from 484 up to 504 filled up with Italian surnames, including Ernesto Marchetti, a business partner in the construction firm.

The brothers were living the immigrant's dream. They had come a very far way in just three years. Sadly, though, their Winnipeg dream would unravel in just a few months.

The Castle of College Avenue Series
Part 1: The Biollo Family
Part 2: The Biollos' Fall
Part 3: Rabbi Cantor and Beyond

Portage Avenue, 1905
Main Street, 1905 (source)

In the tagged version of the above photo the Parisian is likely the low rise building in between the tags 'Free Press Sign' and 'YMCA / Birks Building'.

For more about the Biollo Family, check out this family history.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Winnipeg's Winnie the Pooh - Update

"Capt. Harry Colebourn with his cub Winnie at Salisbury Plains"
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Harry D.Colebourn 9, N10467
(online at manitobia.ca)

It's been 85 years since A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh was first published in London. I thought I would do a major update of my 2010 post Oh Pooh. We hardly knew you !

August 24, 2014 will mark the centenary of the day that Colebourn and Winnie met ! Pooh party, anyone ?!

You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes

(From: Pooh's Little Instruction Book)

Monday, 25 July 2011

Manitoba's first patent: the pipe wrench

Manitoba Free Press, October 7, 1874

This notice in the Manitoba Free Press on October 7, 1874 announced the first patent issued to a Manitoba resident: the 'pipe wrench' of James Bedman of Winnipeg.

The Bedmans settled in the state of Minnesota in the autumn of 1858 (source). James Bedlam Sr. was a blacksmith from Hants, England and became that region's first blacksmith near present-day Alexandria, Douglas County, MN.

Manitoba Liberal, June 8, 1872

A few years later his son, James Jr., moved to Fort Garry. In 1872 he is co-proprietor of Bedham and Kneen, Engine and Carriage Smiths. The location 'behind the Legislature' would put his shop near Main and McDermot as the Legislature from 1871-1873 was the residence of A.G.B. Bannatyne. (When it burned down they used temporary locations until the second Legislature was built in 1884). It was during his time there that his invention was created.

Patent application, 1874 (Source)

On September 14, 1874, he applied to the U.S. Patent Office:

Be it known that I, James Bedman, of Winnipeg, in the Province of Manitoba, Dominion of Canada have invented a new and valuable improvement in pipe wrenches and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear and exact description of the construction and operation of the same.

On December 5, 1874 his, and Manitoba's, first patent (number 155,485) was granted.

From: Official Gazette of U.S. Patent Office, Vol. 6

Did James Bedman become rich and famous from his invention ? Sadly, no. In fact, he might not have lived long enough to receive word that the patent was granted.

Manitoba Free Press, Feb 9, 1875,

He filed his papers in person at the U.S. Patent Office in Washington. Returning home, he stopped in to visit family in Newark, New Jersey when he was "taken down with a bilious attack from the effects of which he died" (source). That was mid-December 1874, (though it took a few weeks for a notice to appear here). He was 42 and left a wife and son who still resided in Minnesota. I am not sure if the family always lived in the U.S. or if he was planning to returnand live there.

I can find no record of 'Mr. Hyman' or how he was involved but there are a couple of possibilities.

There was a prominent businessman at the time named W. F. Hyman who had a clothing shop just a block from where Bedman and Kneen was set up. Perhaps he was a financial backer.

There was also a steamboat captain named Hyman. Perhaps, as with Stillson (see below), there is a connection between working on a steamboat and needing a better wrench that brought Captain Hyman to Bedman's door ?!

On the subject of pipe wrenches ... the man credited with being the 'father' of the modern pipe wrench is Daniel Stillson. A one-time steamboat fireman from Somerville, Massachusetts, Stillson was working for the Walworth Manufacturing Company of Boston when he came up with a prototype for a new wrench to be used in the pipe industry. He submitted his application for patent in July 1876 (two years after the Manitoba patent) and on December 5 received patent number 184,993. (Read more about Stillson and his wrench here and here).

Of course, numerous patents for new and improved wrenches have been granted over the years (such as this one in 1921). I am not an engineer or 'tool guy' so I am not sure how the 'father's' invention in 1876 compares to the 1874 Bedman version.

Stillson earned an estimated $100,000 in his lifetime from his invention. The 'Stillson wrench' and variations of it are still used today.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Taking stock

I've found myself with a lot of unexpected time off this summer thanks to the Lay-off Fairy. Before I truly have to get myself in gear to find a new job, I thought that I would tackle some issues with my blogs.

First off, I have dozens of draft posts, snippets of mainly history-related items that I gave up on because I couldn't find a photo or an archived article telling me how things ended. I want to get those into the blogosphere with the hopes that someday I will find what I am looking for or that a reader will supply some of the answers !

I've also been going through past posts (nowhere near done !) to clean up broken links and correct some of my most appalling grammatical and spelling errors, (most of my posting is done between 10 am and the wee hours of the morning so my proofreading skills are in a lull).

This thankless chore brought me to another issue I want to tackle: searching and indexing my posts.

It's hard to believe, but I have created 1670 posts on my three blogs. Some are little snippets but a vast majority of them deal with something local-history related and required some level of research. While going through my work I have found posts that I didn't even know I wrote !

So, how to organize this truckload of bits and bytes ?

Well, Blogger doesn't offer any great solutions for indexing and while there are search engine widgets none that work on multiple blogs.

I know that in the comments section in a past post people suggested I go with Wordpress and keep all my info on one site. I may consider moving my stuff over to something like that. Any further suggestions to my conundrum would be much appreciated !

For now, in an effort to bring some sort of order, I have added the "Search This Blog" gadget at the top of each blog. I have also worked on an index for my blogs that I will try to upkeep as I make new posts.

To give you a taste of what I've been up to over the last few years I have cut-and-pasted below the two indexes I have created. They will eventually be posted on their own pages. (I am posting this in advance so if the list looks wonky I will fix it after the weekend).

And if there are any sugar-mommas out there who like amateur historians I am willing to be a kept man providing that I can have internet access and some spare time to visit the archives and local history room !!

General Index
* indicate that they are from my Winnipeg Downtown Places blog.

Empire Hotel
Firehall Number One - 65 Ellen Street
Gov’t Telephone Building (Brandon)
Kelly House - 88 Adelaide St
Mac's (Ellice) Theatre
Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall
Manitoba Children's Museum *
Millennium Centre (Bank of Commerce) *
Norlyn Building *
Polo Park Opens to Fanfare !
The Richardson Building *
Saratoga / Surtees Building - 380 Donald St. *
St. Boniface's Cathedrals
Walker Theatre *
Warwick Apartments *
Winnipeg Art Gallery *
Winnipeg's SRO Hotels
Woodbine Hotel


The King's Speech - The Winnipeg Version
A Century of Flight in Manitoba
'Barbara' Streisand plays Winnipeg
Bloody Saturday: A timeline
Diamond Heist !
Get Together 1970
Halloweens Past
Heritage Winnipeg Preservation Awards '09
Heritage Winnipeg Preservation Awards '10
Historic Red River Valley Flood
Manitoba and the Titanic
Manitoba's First "Talkie"
The Beatles land in Winnipeg !
Public Transit Strikes in Winnipeg

Public Spaces, Parks and Memorials

201 Portage Avenue Former CanWest Global Plaza
Famous Five Memorial Legislature Grounds
First World War Soldier Portage and Main
Former City Hall Clock Works Portage Place
Japanese Gardens Carlton Street
Kwakiutl Totem Pole Legislature Grounds
Lord Selkirk Monument Memorial Boulevard
Memorial Park
No. 1 Northern 303 Main Street
Odd Fellows Temple Facade The Promenade
Old Market Square
The Cube Old Market Square
Perrett Bus Shelter Ellice and Balmoral
Replica Streetcar 356
Soldier's Relatives' Memorial Legislature Grounds
Timothy Eaton Statue MTS Centre

Neighbourhoods and Streets
'Rooster Town'
Simcoe Street History Walk
West Broadway: A neighbourhood history (Part 1)
West Broadway neighbourhood history (Part 2)
The Wolseley Elm

West End History
618 Arlington
868 Arlington
Burnell's Bakeries
Lil's Beauty Shop
The Rose Cinema

People, Groups and Small Business

Barone, George (artist)
Brown, Fred: Brandon's 'Firefighter Down'
Brown, Ralph
CKJS at 35
CJOB now a senior citizen !
Dallas, Helen (1898 - 1993)
Debby the Polar Bear
Fairchuk, Len: Western Hour
Finkleman, Dr. Emanuel
Genser's Furniture
Hall, Joe (1919 Stanley Cup)
Halter, Syd (First CFL Commissioner)
Halter, Aubrey and Nola
Harvard, John: Old-School
Harvey, William (1881 - 1915)
Halters, Aubrey and of Winnipeg
Head, Bruce
Henderson, Michael: Death
Ingram, Charles: Wpg's First Police Chief
Keeper, Joe: MB's Greatest Runner ?
Latta, Blake and CN Express
Leishman, Kenneth (The Flying Bandit)
Letinsky, Edward
Manitoba Good Roads Association
Power, Rhoda: Brandon's first female alderman
Steele, Sir Sam
St. John, Jack: Pharmacy
Teddy the Chimp (Blue Bomber Mascot)
The Winnipeg Toilers
Wagon Wheel Rolling Again !
Winnie the Pooh
Winnipeg Foundation at 90
Youth for Christ Winnipeg

Corporate Series

The Bay Downtown
- The Bay Downtown
- The Bay Parkade
- The Bay Food Market
- Changes at The Bay Downtown
- Paddlewheel Restaurant

Safeway in Winnipeg
- Safeway in Winnipeg Part 1 - Setting Up Shop
- Safeway in Winnipeg Part 2 - The Boom Years
- Safeway in Winnipeg Part 3 - 1939 to 1949
- Safeway in Winnipeg Part 4 - Sweeping Styles


Bicycle Licence Plates
Early Cycling in Winnipeg
Winnipeg's Airports
Winnipeg's One Way System
Winnipeg's Bus Depots
St. Andrews Lock and Dam turn 100
Streetcar 356 Bell Audio
Streetcar 356 Restoration
The Lancaster Bomber - Manitoba Connections
A City's Transportation History
Public Transit Strikes
Louise Bridge’s Abandoned Boats

Disasters and their victims

The Haselmere Block Fire
The Medway Court Fire
'Spanish' Influenza in Manitoba
The Titanic (MB Victims)
St. Boniface College Fire
Elmwood’s Riverview Hotel Fire
The Winnipeg Toilers

Lockport, Manitoba Series
Part One: A Brief History of the St. Andrews Lock and Dam
Part Two: The Creation of Lockport

Part Three: Laurier's Words


A Tale of Two (Second Empire) Houses
Arlington Bridge Back in Business
Churchill's Northern Research
Do We Dare Squander ...
Eaton's Catalogue Houses
Grain Elevators
Manitoba's Oscar Winning Past
On Public Toilets
Portage Avenue Old-School
Red River Valley Floods
Remembering "Champs" Chicken and Elmer
Remembering our Jewish Pioneers
Resurrecting "The Cave"
Talkin' About Jesus in St. Boniface
The Bank of Manitoba
The Language of James
The Trizec Lesson
The Royal Alex Reborn in B.C.
The Winnipeg Tribune
Ukrainian Labour Temple a National Historic Site
Upper Fort Garry
When the Free Press and Trib "Merged"
Winnipeg's Brief Stint of Beatlemania
Winnipeg's Land Boom of 1912
Winnipeg's Multilingual Press

The 'State of Heritage' in Manitoba

More on Heritage
Heritage Reflections (Part 1): The state of Manitoba heritage
Heritage Reflections (Pt. 2): Heritage Winnipeg Awards 2011
Heritage Reflections (Pt. 3): It doesn't have to end this way

Winnipeg Downtown Places Index
'O' indicates an ongoing project. 'P' indicates a proposed project. 'H' are housing-related.

Downtown - General
Downtown Walkway Expansion

Alexander Avenue
184 Alexander Avenue Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural Centre

Assiniboine Avenue

351 Assiniboine Avenue Kerr House

O 363 Broadway
287 Broadway Former Sovereign Life Building

Central Park Area
366 Qu'Appelle The Warwick Apartments

LinkCentral Park Renovation

Donald Street
55 Donald Street
251 Donald Street Millennium Library
Andrew Carnegie Portrait Millennium Library
Millennium Library Park

O 281 Donald Street Metropolitan Theatre

310 Donald Street The Donalda Building
317 Donald Street Credit Union Central

320 Donald Street The Surtees / Saratoga Lanes Building

335 Donald Street Former Masonic Temple

Ellen Street

65 Ellen Street No. 1 Fire Hall

Ellice Avenue
435 Ellice Avenue Institute for Biodoagnostics
445 Ellice Avenue Centre for the Commercialization of Biomedical Technology

The Forks

Manitoba Children's Museum
O Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Graham Avenue

O 266 Graham Avenue Public Safety Building II

419 Graham Avenue The Halter Building

Hargrave Street

309 Hargrave Street The Norlyn Building
The Wagon Wheel Restaurant 309 Hargrave Street
P 370 Hargrave Street - African Canadian Cultural Centre

Kennedy Street

330 Kennedy Street HI Hostel
Justice Kennedy and York

King Street
P 238 King Street - Former Shanghai Restaurant

Langside Street
370 Langside Street McFeetors Hall (U of W) H

Lombard Avenue
1 Lombard Place The Richardson Building
191 Lombard Avenue Union Trust Tower

Main Street
77 Main Street Gibraltar House
O 100 Main Street Upper Fort Garry Heritage Park

123 Main Street Winnipeg Rail Museum
389 Main Street The Millennium Centre
Main and Alexander United Way Headquarters
O 555 Main Street MB Centennial Concert Hall
Little Black Devil 555 Main Street

O Higgins and Main Youth Centre for Excellence
466 Main Street The Woodbine Hotel
662 Main Street The Bell Hotel H

Memorial Boulevard

301 Memorial Boulevard The Bay Parkade
300 Memorial Boulevard Winnipeg Art Gallery

Pacific Avenue

145 Pacific Avenue Sport Manitoba Building

Portage Avenue
O 333 Portage Avenue Former Bank of Commerce
P 388 Portage Avenue The Boyd Building

234 Portage Avenue The White House
238-240 Portage Avenue

O 265 Portage Avenue The Avenue Building
275 Portage Avenue The Kensington Building
288 Portage Avenue Radisson Hotel
303 Portage Avenue Mountain Equipment Co-op

360 Portage Avenue Manitoba Hydro Place
450 Portage Avenue The Bay

The Paddlewheel Restaurant 450 Portage Avenue
460 Portage Avenue The Buhler Centre (U of W)

O 487 Portage Avenue Former Bus Terminal / U of W AnX

Princess Street
33 Princess Street The Peck Building
O 100 Princess The Penthouse H
232 Princess Street The Edge on Princess
P 271 Princess Street - Peace Tower Housing Complex H

Smith Street

O 161 Smith Street Residences on York H
265 Smith Street Holy Trinity Church
331 Smith Street The Marlborough Hotel

363 Smith Street The Walker Theatre

St. Mary Avenue

P St. Mary at Edmonton Lakeview Hotel

425 St. Mary Avenue The Winnipeg Clinic

Vaughan Street
225 Vaughan Street
310 Vaughan Street Isbister School
340 Vaughan Street The Raleigh

Waterfront Drive and area
O 1 Heaton Avenue YouCube Condominiums H

Webb Place
443 Webb Place Webbsite Condominiums H

William Avenue
O 380 William Avenue Former Carnegie Library

York Avenue
P 375 York Avenue Convention Centre Expansion

Parks, Art and Memorials
201 Portage Avenue Former CanWest Global Plaza
Famous Five Memorial Legislature Grounds
First World War Soldier Portage and Main
Former City Hall Clock Works Portage Place
Japanese Gardens Carlton Street
Kwakiutl Totem Pole Legislature Grounds
Lord Selkirk Monument Memorial Boulevard
Memorial Park
No. 1 Northern 303 Main Street
Odd Fellows Temple Facade The Promenade
Old Market Square
The Cube Old Market Square
Perrett Bus Shelter Ellice and Balmoral
Replica Streetcar 356
Soldier's Relatives' Memorial Legislature Grounds
Timothy Eaton Statue MTS Centre

Thursday, 21 July 2011

West End History: Lil's Beauty Shop and the Guy Maddin connection


A West End address that had a recent brush with international fame is 802 Ellice Avenue. Today it is Tam's Custom Tailor but it opened in 1941 as Lil's Beauty Shop and was the childhood home of filmmaker Guy Maddin.

September 13, 1947. Winnipeg Free Press.

The "Lil" is Lillian May Eyolfson. Born in 1901 to Icelandic parents in Vestfold, Manitoba, near Inwood, she came to Winnipeg after she graduated high school to take a hairdressing course. Like most good Icelanders, she settled in the West End.


May 25, 1935. Winnipeg Free Press.

In 1926 Lillian was manager of St. Matthew's Hairdressing Parlour at 706 St. Matthews Avenue. The building was home to a barber on one side and ladies hairdressers on the other. 

Lillian's sister Herdis, fifteen years her junior, followed in her footsteps by going to hairdressing school and eventually working in the shop. The two lived together, first at 655 St. Matthews then 2-351 Victor Avenue.

November 1, 1941 Winnipeg Free Press

Herdis married Charlie Maddin on October 29, 1940, (the bride wore shocking blue tissue crepe !) He was a clerk with Manitoba Pool Elevators and later a manager of the Winnipeg Maroons hockey team. 

A month before they were married, Malcolm Construction took out a $5,000 building permit for the two-storey 802 Ellice Avenue. When it was completed, the family moved into the upstairs portion while the new "Lil's Beauty Shop" opened on the retail level. Ads "Lil's" first appeared in March 1941.

Top: March 27, 1941, Winnipeg Tribune
Bottom: January 10, 1959. Winnipeg Free Press.

If Lillian was the businesswoman, Herdis was the fashionista. Shop ads featured Herdis' recent trips to Minneapolis, Toronto, California and Chicago in her quest for the latest styles and techniques for West End women.

Still from My Winnipeg

Over time, the living quarters were expanded for the Maddin family, which would eventually comprise of four children; Guy Arthur, Cameron Alan, Ross Douglas and Janet Kristine. Guy was the youngest. The Maddin children all attended Daniel McIntyre Collegiate.

(Lillian lived in a main floor suite behind the shop. At some point in the 1950s she was joined by her mother Kristin.)

June 21, 1961, Winnipeg Free Press

Ross was a member of the track team and excelled at school. He won the Governor General's medal in 1961 and scholarships for scholastic achievement.

March 2, 1965, Winnipeg Free Press

Janet appears to have most inherited her father's aptitude for sport. She burst onto the track and field scene at the age of 15 and dominated the high school circuit. That summer, she was one of the youngest athletes at the 1964 Western Canada Track and Field Championships in Edmonton where she set two Alberta provincial records in the 100 yards.

By the end of the year she had racked up six national records, 16 provincial records and was on a relay team that held two other national records. She was awarded the provincial Junior Athlete of the Year Award for 1964 - the first track and field competitor to win it.

August 29, 1966, Winnipeg Free Press

The following year she continued to break most of her own records. In the summer of 1966 she competed at the British Empire (now Commonwealth) Games where she broke the Canadian record in the 220 yard dash during the trials and dominated the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships in Richmond B.C.. The Canadian Press reported:

"Janet Maddin, a pert, 113-pound teen-ager from Winnipeg, won four gold medals Saturday and Sunday and turned the Canadian Age Class Track and Field Championships into a one-girl show."

That year she was awarded the Myrtle Cook Trophy, the national award for Junior Athlete of the Year, (it is still presented by Athletics Canada.)

In 1967 she topped her career with her first international medal. A silver in the 4 x 100 relay in front of a home crowd at the 1967 Pan American Games. In 1987 she was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

Cameron committed suicide on February 17, 1963 at the age of 16. He was still a student at Daniel McIntyre and a member of the Flying M Athletic Club.

1963-64 Maroons, Maddin back row left.
February 22, 1964, Winnipeg Free Press

Charlie Maddin was a well-known sports figure in town. 

In his younger years he was an amateur hockey player and in the 1950s and 60s became involved in sports management. It started with being president of the a women's softball league, then as secretary / treasurer and eventually business manager of the Winnipeg Maroons. He also was secretary of Canada's national hockey team and secretary treasurer of the Western Canadian Senior hockey league.

A Free Press columnist wrote: "Madden (sic) is one of the unsung heroes of the Nationals' organization, certainly has little if any time to himself on trips with a thousand and one duties to perform — duties which he does extremely well..."

Still from My Winnipeg

With his father's constant travel and Cameron's death when Guy was only only 6, it meant that he and Ross were raised in a nearly exclusively female household over an exclusively female business. In one interview Guy Maddin refers to his childhood home as "a nurturing gynocracy."

Maddin's first mention in the Free Press comes in 1966, when he was just 10 years old. He won first place in the junior division of a Bay model building contest, "Novelty" category.

He attended the University of Winnipeg, receiving a degree in economics. While there, he took part in theatre. In February 1980 was part of "When All is Done and Said: the Review", a series of sketches by University writers. (Other writers included Greg Klymkiw and Andrew Coyne.)

While doing odd jobs such as house painting, he shot his first film, the black and white short The Dead Father in 1986. He joked the a Free Press reporter that year: "I really don't ever want to slap paint on a house again. It make s me want to cry whenever I open another can of paint." Shortly after, he began work on what would eventually become "Tales From the Gimli Hospital", his first feature film.

Tam / Lil's Beauty Shop

Aside from a January 1959 water main break that filled the basement and sent customers fleeing onto the street in mid hairstyle, the building appears to have had a quiet existence. No fires, robberies etc.

Lil's Beauty Shop continued advertising into the late 1960s, though Henderson Directories indicate that it lasted into the early 1980s.

June 27, 1977, Winnipeg Free Press

Charles Maddin died on June 25, 1977. Though he spent nearly 40 years with Manitoba Pool Elevators, it was his contribution to local sports that he is most remembered for. His funeral was held  at First Lutheran Church on Victor Street.

Lillian Eyolfson died at the Grace Hospital in July 1986 at the age of 85. Herdis celebrated her 90th birthday in 2006. She has three film credits in her son's movies.

Tam / Lil's Beauty Shop

I can't stop dreaming of this home. It's changed since we sold it. And it keeps changing in my dreams. New shapes, similar but confusing, all the other addresses that appear where 800 Ellice should be. Smaller, longer, darker. Lower, older, bigger. But never just my... home. 

Excerpt from My Winnipeg (the book, p 25) by Guy Maddin.
(See the book for period pics of Lil's and family photos !)