Winn$tock 2017

Local Fundraiser trying to hit milestone

By Megan Quinn

We’ve all been there. We’re sitting behind our desks, meeting deadlines, going about our day to day work schedules.

On the drive home our favourite song comes on. We look around, make sure nobody is looking, then turn the volume up and sing like nobody’s watching.

Winn$tock. Photo by C. Kusie Photography.

Everyone has that inner rock-star that’s waiting to get out and when given the chance to loosen the tie, untuck the shirt, and show off that tattoo that’s been hidden under a suit all this time, many of us would jump at that chance.

For the past 12 years Winn$tock Battle of the Bands Charity Fundraiser has been giving people in the financial services industry a chance to do just that.

This year marks the 13th year for the increasingly popular event, being held Friday, April 7th at Cowboys Canad Inns Destination Centre, Windsor Park. The event raised $111,000 last year and close to $880,000 in total for local children’s charities since kicking off in 2005.

The event is the brainchild of Allan Jacks, Senior Vice-President, Business Development with Knowledge Bureau, and also Co-Chair of 2017 Winn$tock, who had heard about a similar event going on in Toronto.

“Initially we wanted to see how the response would be and see if we could raise a little money for a good cause,” says Jacks. “After that first year, we knew this event was something special and we’ve been going strong ever since.”

With tickets just $40 and available on-line at or by calling: 204-489-2679, the event usually sells out very quickly.

“We’ve sold out every year for the past 12 years,” adds Jacks who says they’ve now added the real estate and accounting industries to the event. “I’m expecting the competitiveness and talent level to be even higher than previous years.”

Kelly Morris, who has attended every single Winn$tock since 2005, says that while it’s fun to compete against other bands, the night has much more meaning to it.

“For us it’s a great way for people who may work for rival companies or in different industries to come out and meet each other and network in a different environment than in suits and ties.”

Morris, who by day works with Morris Financial Group – financial planning consultants, will once again be gracing the stage this year with his band “Mutual Funk.” His band, which first got together for Winn$tock in 2005, is made up of members of the financial community and have actually gone on to play other venues throughout the city.

Winn$tock has continued to grow every year and with $880,000 raised in the first 12 years Jacks believes this year could be one of the most special years of them all.

“We would love to raise $120,000 this year so we can get over the million dollar mark,”

80% of all donations go to the Movement Centre of Manitoba, which is a non-profit organization committed to improving the physical health of children and adults with physical disabilities. The Centre has partnered with the March of Dimes for this event with both organizations benefitting from the proceeds. In addition, to create a perpetual charitable legacy, 20% of net proceeds will be donated to the Winn$tock Legacy Trust – a trust managed by the Winnipeg Foundation.

It takes a lot of work and a lot of support to put an event such as Winn$tock on and Jacks is quick to point out that Winn$tock is operated by a 17 member volunteer board, plus an army of volunteers and celebrity judges and a celebrity MC who work tirelessly to make it all run smoothly. Of course, it could not happen without the bands that get together to compete and provide entertainment. Most important to the financial success, is the generosity of many forward-thinking, community-minded Sponsors who donate money, services and auction prizes to maximize the fundraising.

“Richardson GMP Limited has come on as our presenting sponsor again, Knowledge Bureau is a Hard Rock Sponsor, while Canad Inns have been amazing from the start of Winn$tock as our Venue Sponsor.”

In addition to the music a full hot buffet and later, a cold social-style buffet is served as well.

Since Winn$tock is perennially “souled-out” – don’t miss out on attending by being a Winnipeg procrastinator! As the famous K-Tel commercials reminded us: “So you don’t forget, order your tickets by midnight tonight!”

Remember to follow Smart BIZ on social media for your chance to win a pair of tickets to Winn$tock 2017.

The bands for this year include:

True Harmony (Opening Act)

True Harmony is a female a capella group based in Winnipeg. With roots in barbershop harmonies, their blend of sound celebrates many styles of music.


Mal Magorel-Fridson: Lead Vocals (Great-West Life)

Norm Goodman: Lead Guitar (GLM Management Group)

Chad Muir: Bass Guitar (Great-West Life)

Nancy Sedo: Piano/Keys (Investors Group)

Steve Sankar: Drums (GLM Management Group)

Stacey Suderman: Backing Vocals (Great-West Life)

Christy Antony: Backing Vocals (Great-West Life)

Yvonne Burman: Backing Vocals (Great-West Life)

Mutual Funk

Brian Boyd: Guitar & Vocals (Great-West Life)

Chris Durston: Keys & Vocals (Investors Group)

Dave Hill: Bass & Vocals (Retired – Dept. of Finance)

Kelly Morris: Drums & Vocals (Morris Financial)

Murray Hill: Lead Vocals (Great-West Life)


Keith Lalman: Keys (Great-West Life)

Kevin Tillberg: Guitar & Vocals (Credential Financial Strategies Inc.)

Shaun Proutt: Bass Guitar (Dilawri Group)

Trent Simpson: Drums (Entegra Credit Union)

Suzanne Mariani & Band

Suzanne Mariani: Vocals Garrett Laye: Guitar

Dedmer Schaafsma: Bass Guitar,

Bruyere Craig DonOvan: Drums.

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