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Memorable Manitobans: Gilbert Shorter (?-?)

Click to enlargeOrator, actor.

Originally from England, in 1907 he came to Winnipeg from New York City to perform with pianist Lillian Adams. By the next year, he operated the London School of Oratory at 228 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg, specializing in “voice production, elocution, the art of acting.” He performed short plays at the Happyland amusement park and he performed in concerts organized by piano instructor Nadya Sharabanian. In 1910 he started a class in “voice culture and oratory” at the St. Boniface College. No information on his activities or whereabouts after this time have been found.


Classified advertisement, Manitoba Free Press, 13 August 1908.

Happyland advertisement, Manitoba Free Press, 16 August 1909.

“St. Boniface” Manitoba Free Press, 19 February 1910.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 December 2012

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