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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Crabby Steve’s Dance Hall (RM of Armstrong)

This unassuming building on the west side of Provincial Trunk Highway 7, about 2½ miles north of Komarno in the Rural Municipality of Armstrong, was built in 1947 by Steve “Crabby Steve” Maksymyk and operated as a dance hall until the late 1980s. The building had mostly collapsed by the time of a 2017 site visit.

Crabby Steve’s Dance Hall

The former Crabby Steve’s Dance Hall (2014)
Source: Google Streetview

Crabby Steve’s Dance Hall

The former Crabby Steve’s Dance Hall (April 2017)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Crabby Steve’s Dance Hall

The former Crabby Steve’s Dance Hall (April 2017)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Crabby Steve’s Dance Hall

Aerial view of the former Crabby Steve’s Dance Hall (April 2017)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N50.54433, W97.23038
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Steve “Crabby Steve” Maksymyk (1924-2015)

Sources:

“Crabby Steve’s: they danced all night,” Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times, 24 August 1983, page 1.

From CBC’s vault: Crabby Steve’s barn dances packed ‘em in,” CBC News Manitoba, 24 March 2015.

We thank Ron Johnson for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 May 2017

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