Prairie songstress Raine Hamilton is a musician who defies categorization. Storyteller, songwriter, guitarist, violinist, musicologist. We’re certainly missing more than a few nouns. 

Collaborator is perhaps one such term, as she joins the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra in two performances at Westminster United Church. 

Being the busy individual Raine is, connecting ahead of the show proved to be a challenge. However, she was gracious enough to answer a few questions posed by Classic 107 ahead of the performances. 

From her musings on troubadours to the return of live performance to waxing lyrical on the MCO and arranger Kenley Kristofferson, Raine Hamilton offers a glimpse into the past and a keen take on the present in this enlightening, uninterrupted stream of consciousness. 

Raine Hamilton and the MCO takes place 7:30 pm on Wednesday and Thursday (October 20 and 21) at Westminster United Church. Also on the program: music of William Walton, Arvo Pärt, Astor Piazzolla, and Antonín Dvořák. 

There are no door sales for the immediate future; all tickets must be purchased online ( or over the phone (204.783.7377).