Sharing the stage

Eva Harder stands in one of the new green rooms. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

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Winkler’s new Parkland Stage was on display for attendees of a special concert Aug. 30.
Not only did the crowd get to enjoy a concert by classic rock band Dark by Three, they had the chance to wander backstage and see the changes.
Eva Harder helped with tours that evening. She has been doing hospitality back stage for artists at the Winkler Harvest Festival for the last 12 years.
“This is our second year in the new facility and it’s just absolutely wonderful,” she said.
After investment from the City, Lode King and Triple E, the backstage area includes a pair of spacious green rooms, air conditioning, washrooms and storage.
“It doesn’t even compare (to what was there before),” Harder said.
She added that artists who have performed at the old and new stages are especially pleased. “They’ve been really impressed with it,” she said.
Attendees at the concert were given special backstage passes and a chance to win prizes.
“It’s beautiful back there so we want to give the city residents a VIP feel with backstage tours and a bit of swag to give away,” organizer Wendy Klassen said before the concert. “We thought some good classic rock cover tunes would tie it all in perfectly.”

Left, Lyle Suderman, Jerrid Fehr, Randy Dyck, Arlin Thiessen and Gustavo Peters of Dark by Three performed. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

Gustavo Peters and Lyle Suderman of Dark by Three perform. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

Arlin Thiessen and Randy Dyck of Dark by Three took part in the Backstage Pass VIP Concert event, which allowed the audience to tour the backstage area of the Parkland Stage and enjoy a classic rock show, Aug. 30. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

The new stage has been used for some time, but this was the first chance people had to tour backstage. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)