In 1962, Manitoba's Premier Duff Roblin gave the city permission to proceed with plans to build an the Westman Centennial Auditorium as a 1967 Centennial project. Shortly after this, auditorium chairman R.A. Clement laid down some guidelines at a chamber of commerce meeting. He suggested that the auditorium should be centrally located, seat 800 to 1,000 persons, and most of the funding should come from the federal and provincial governments.
In February of 1964, the Manitoba Centennial Corporation announced a $300,000 grant towards the auditorium project. The project's total estimated cost was $450,000, and it was to be built on the Brandon College campus. On April 28, 1966 Mayor Magnacca unveiled a model, giving residents of Western Manitoba their first glimpse of the new auditorium.
On May 30, 1967 the Centennial Commissioner John Fisher officially unveiled a sign announcing the location of the auditorium on Brandon College campus. Like a beautiful monument, the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium rose on the corner of Twentieth Street and Princess Avenue.
Since then, the WMCA has been host to hundreds of acts from ballet, to symphonies, to bands. The sound is incredible, the venue is beautiful, check out this iconic Brandon stage!
Their website has a full event listing, and all the events can also be found right here on The Buzz.