Bust out your tie-dye, put a flower in your hair and boogie on down to Lutheran Church of the Cross to get groovin’ with the Winnipeg Pops Orchestra and their very special guests – the Very Groovy Things!  

Performing hits of the Mamas and the Papas, plus other tunes from the 60’s, 70’s and beyond, this collaboration marks the first orchestral gig for the Very Groovy Things (VGT). 



Founded in 2018, the group has performed in community events and showcases, such as the Music ‘N’ Mavens series, where conductor of the Winnipeg Pops Owen Clark heard them.  

“(Clark) pitched the idea of doing a concert together and we were absolutely thrilled,” says Bill Quinn, who notes the Very Groovy Things had been thinking about doing an orchestral performance for “quite some time.”  

“We’re excited about our set,” says Quinn.  

Performing tunes from the Mamas and the Papas catalogue is a given with VGT, who are made up of vocalists Jodie Borle, Olivia Maxfield, Bill Quinn, and, in his first gig with the group, Wes Rambo, plus a crackerjack band of musicians.  

“We do all the hits but we’re also doing some ones that may not be as well known to some people,” says Quinn.  

The ensemble has also expanded their repertoire to include folk rock from Southern California, plus some Merseybeat and British Invasion.   

In the show with the Winnipeg Pops Orchestra, they will also be performing some ABBA tunes for the first time.  

“We’ve really been having fun with this,” says Quinn.  

“Groovin’ with the Very Groovy Things” takes place on Thursday, May 30 at Lutheran Church of the Cross (560 Arlington St.) beginning at 7 p.m.  

Tickets are $25.  

For more details, visit: www.winnipegpops.com