On The Road Again: Royal MTC’s Regional Tour Returns with Assassinating Thomson

This news release was originally published by the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre on January 5, 2023. Read the original release here.

Royal MTC’s Regional Tour returns with Assassinating ThomsoN, Created and Performed by Bruce Horak

Originally Directed by Ryan Gladstone
January 30 – March 4

“Horak crackles with energy…he’s unbelievably fast on his feet.” – The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax)

WINNIPEG, January 05, 2023 – The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and PlayNow.com (Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries’ online gaming site) presents ASSASSINATING THOMSON, marking the return of our Regional Tour. Traveling to 24 communities across Manitoba and North Western Ontario from January 30 to March 4, 2023, this solo show draws the audience in with a simultaneous storytelling and portrait painting experience.

In ASSASSINATING THOMSON, critically acclaimed Legally Blind Pertormer/Creator Bruce Horak paints a portrait of the entire audience while interweaving his own story and the tale of celebrated Canadian painter Tom Thomson’s unsolved murder. Art, politics, grief, comedy, triumph, ambition, love and murder are intertwined in a one-man tour-de-force as Horak tells his own fantastically inspiring tale and reveals the unique way he sees the world.

Following the performance, the unique painting created during the show will be auctioned. Proceeds from the live auction will be donated to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Having lost over 90% of his eyesight to a childhood Cancer, Horak has navigated the world of the fully- sighted his entire life. Bilateral Retinoblastoma is a cancer which appears on the retina of the eyes, the treatment of which lett Horak completely blind in one eye, with extreme tunnel-vision, light sensitivity, floaters, and a cataract in the remaining eye. For the past 25 years, Horak has pursued a career in the performing arts and has won numerous awards for his performance, writing, direction and creation. He has performed across Canada, the United States and Europe and became Star Trek’s first blind actor when he played Hemmer on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds first season in 2022.

Tickets for ASSASSINATING THOMSON can be purchased from representatives in each community. The MTC Regional Tour is proudly presented by PlayNow.com (Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, online gaming site) with additional support from IG Wealth Management, Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, Calm Air, Fuel Sponsor Red River Co-op, and with the generous support from the Manitoba Arts Council.

For more information, please contact:

Lauren Wagn, Communications and Social Media Manager | 204 934 0302 | lwegn@royalmtc.ca

Christine Corthey, Production Associate | 204 954 6403 | ccorthey@rovalmtc.ca


  • Monday, January 30 – Neepawa, MB
  • Tuesday, January 31- Gimli, MB
  • Thursday, February 2- Thompson, MB
  • Friday, February 3 – Snow Lake, MB
  • Saturday, February 4- Flin Flon, MB
  • Wednesday, February 8 – MacGregor, MB
  • Thursday, February 9 – Minnedosa, MB
  • Friday, February 10 – Strathclair, MB
  • Saturday, February 11- Virden, MB
  • Monday, February 13 – Brandon, MB
  • Tuesday, February 14 – Deloraine, MB
  • Wednesday, February 15 – Souris, MB
  • Thursday, February 16 – Killarney, MB
  • Friday, February 17 – Crystal City, MB
  • Tuesday, February 21- Atikokan, ON
  • Wednesday, February 22 – Sioux Lookout, ON
  • Thursday, February 23 – Dryden, ON
  • Friday, February 24 – Red Lake, ON
  • Saturday, February 25 – Kenora, ON
  • Sunday, February 26 – Great Falls, MB
  • Tuesday, February 28 – Steinbach, MB
  • Wednesday, March 1- Carman, MB
  • Thursday, March 2 – Portage la Prairie, MB
  • Saturday, March 4 – Churchill, MB

Sport Manitoba Releases Final Funding From 2018 Winter Games

It’s been three years since the 2018 Manitoba Winter Games brought athletes from across Manitoba north to Thompson, so you might be surprised to find out that committees from the Winter Games have still been active completing final audits from the Games.

This year, 2018 Winter Games Host Society completed their last administrative activities, and at the end of April, the City of Thompson received the last $10, 000 hold-back from Sport Manitoba, closing the last chapter of the Winter Games in Thompson.

The Host Society left behind $423, 120.44 in legacy equipment and direct funding, benefitting city and local facilities like the TRCC and arenas, as well as community-driven clubs like the Burntwood Curling Club, Mystery Mountain Winter Park, and the Thompson Community Cross Country Trails. Several local clubs also received legacy funds and equipment from the Winter Games, including Thompson Tumblers, the Thompson Badminton Club, the Archery Club.

Beyond Legacy Funding

Following the games, an economic impact study was prepared by CTSA consultant Thomas McGuire, outlining the direct and spin-off economic benefits of the 2018 Manitoba Winter Games, estimating a a net benefit of $1.1 million to Thompson’s economy, $1.3 million across the province of Manitoba, and $1.7 million across Canada. The study’s presentation is available here.

One of the biggest benefactors was Thompson’s hospitality industry: over 3000 athletes, coaches, support staff, and spectators arrived in Thompson to attend the Winter Games. Roughly 99% of attendants planned an overnight stay in Thompson during the winter games, and 59% of them stayed three nights of more. Seventy percent of them stayed in a local hotel, with another 4% using a short-term rental platform like AirBnB.

These visitors spent an average of $767 during their stay, most of which was spent on food, beverages, and accommodations.

For The Winter Games also represented significant positive exposure for Thompson as a community. For 56% of visitors, it was their first visit to Thompson, and 92% of surveyed visitors rated their visit as “good” or “great”.

The 2018 Manitoba Winter Games are last Manitoba games that were hosted before the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 Manitoba Summer Games were postponed twice, now to be held in in Dauphin in 2024.


The votes are in! Braden McMurdo has won the 8th City Council seat with 355 votes, and Li Cripps has won the office of School Trustee with 630 votes.

A total of 1104 residents turned out to cast their votes.

The voter turn-out this year is slightly lower than the last by-election in 2019, where 1202 votes were cast among three candidates for City Council.

City CouncilVotesSchool TrusteeVotes
Braden McMurdo355Li Cripps630
Kathleen Bluesky280Bryan Young454
David Kobliski48
Ron Matechuk293
Jason Bayer117

The 2020 Health and Leisure Mart Runs September 11 – 12!

After a lot of uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, we have some good news: the annual Health and Leisure Mart is going ahead this year on Friday, September 11 (5:00pm to 9:00pm) and Saturday, September 12 (10:00am – 2:00pm), in the TRCC Parking Lot!

Sign up as a club to promote your activities and collect members, or come out and sign up for your favourite winter activities!

The Health and Leisure Mart is open to recreation clubs, sports clubs, health organizations, businesses, service groups, and small crafters.

If your organization would like to get involved, call the Recreation Department at 204- 677-7952, e-mail rec@thompson.ca, or visit the TRCC Front Desk!

You can download the registration forms and guidelines below, and email the filled-out forms to rec@thompson.ca: