Arena in Point Douglas gets a new name – Winnipeg

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The Pioneer Arena on Logan Avenue is now the Charlie Gardiner Arena.

It was renamed today in honour of the Winnipeg goaltender who won a Stanley Cup with the 1934 Chicago Blackhawks.


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Gardiner also won the Vezina trophy in 1932.

“He had some pretty amazing accomplishments in his short life. There has been a heritage of sports in our family for years and it’s a great culmination of a lot of work to have this happen today,” said Gardiner’s great-niece, Pam Poulter-Friesen.

A city committee voted unanimously to name the arena after Gardiner.

Gardiner died of tonsillitis shortly after his Stanley Cup victory.

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Douglas Rain, Stratford Festival pioneer and voice of HAL, dead at 90

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A pioneer of the Stratford Festival, Douglas Rain, died Sunday at the age of 90 in a hospital just outside the city in which he first established his longtime classical career.

Rain spent 32 seasons acting at Stratford and was one of the few surviving founding members of the company. But his biggest mark on pop culture surprisingly came through another role: as HAL 9000, the unmistakable voice from the sentient computer in Stanley Kubrick’s film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Rain died of natural causes at St. Marys Memorial Hospital outside Stratford, Ont, according to a press release from the Stratford Festival. The Winnipeg-born actor had more than a hundred television and film credits. 

After studying at Old Vic theatre school in London, England, he joined the Stratford Festival’s inaugural season in 1953 and continued until 1998. During that time, Rain performed myriad Shakespearean roles including Claudio in Measure for Measure, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Iago in Othello and Ulysses in Troilus and Cressida. 

One of his most notable stage roles was in Henry V, in which he played the title character. The rendition was adapted for television in 1966.

« Canadian theatre has lost one of its greatest talents and a guiding light in its development, » said the Stratford Festival’s artistic director Antoni Cimolino in a statement, adding Rain was « an actor deeply admired by other actors. »

Rain is survived by two sons, one daughter and a granddaughter.

Douglas Rain is shown as Henry V in the Stratford Festival’s 1966 production of Henry V. (Peter Smith/Stratford Festival)

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