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Memorable Manitobans: Carlo “Charlie” Mazzone (1905-1992)


Born in Bovalino Marina in the Calabria region of Italy, he emigrated to Winnipeg in 1913. He worked for the CNR from 1917 as a sandblaster, spending his spare time playing his violin. He helped organize the Orchestra Stella d’Italia in the 1920s and left it in the early 1930s to form Curly’s Music Weavers, which played at the Don Carlos Cabaret at Ellice and Donald. In World War Two, he enlisted in the Canadian army. After the war he opened a cabaret, the Rancho Don Carlos, on Pembina Highway. Until he sold it in 1959, the Rancho was Winnipeg’s most important nightspot, featuring some of the world’s leading entertainers, including Bob Hope and Louis Armstrong. After some years in Edmonton he returned to Reggio Calabria, Italy, where he established an automobile dealership. He died in Italy.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 29 March 2008

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