Welcome to Prairie Vaudeville .com!

Dedicated to the preservation and celebration of Winnipeg Vaudeville.

Through radio shows, podcasts, live performances, historical talks and vaudeville camps and workshops, our goal is to celebrate and educate and to just plain have fun with performances.


Prairie Vaudeville is owned and operated by Grant Simpson who spent 40 years working in every aspect of vaudeville possible, from performer, composer, arranger, writer, master of ceremonies, comic actor, dancer, multi-instrumentalist, owner, director and janitor.

Grant performers regularly as a solo act, incorporating various vaudeville techniques sharing a joyous blend of music and humor. He also brings small troupes of vaudeville performers to appear at larger functions and recently produced a full-scale vaudeville show at the Winnipeg Crankie Festival in 2019.

For more information on Prairie Vaudeville, radio, live performances, lectures or workshops, please contact us by email: priairevaudeville@gmail.com


Grant also performs regularly as a silent movie pianist when he takes short silent films into assisted living facilities, 55+ active living centres and anywhere where people want to experience the magic of the silent movie era.

Grant also produces and hosts the Prairie Vaudeville Radio Show on CJNU 93.7 every Friday at Noon.

Grant performs for the 55 Plus groups and at Senior Care Facilities bringing both his one-man vaudeville show to older adults and also his Silent Movie Hour where he brings silent movies and then plays silent-movie-piano behind them. Two great ways to bring something different to your communities.

“Grant Simpson recently led our 55 Plus group on a fun-filled musical romp through the glory days of vaudeville. His talent and ease with multiple instruments is evident as he tells stories of the early days of vaudeville. He weaves jokes and novelty numbers spontaneously into his show while playing ragtime piano, banjo, guitar and even the musical saw. With his engaging and personal manner, he connects easily with any audience, and we can’t wait to invite him back again.”
Linda Thorlakson, Crescent Fort Rouge 55 Plus Program

“The residents of Riverwood Square love the variety of entertainment that Grant Simpson provides.  Grant engages them with musical favorites, Vaudeville music or simple piano background music.  We surprised our residents with a Silent Movie theme and we knew which entertainer would captivate our resident’s attention.  Grant was a huge hit!  He is a skilled piano player and entertains our residents with music and stories.”     – Shannon Gaulke, Health & Wellness Director at Riverwood Square

“Thank you for recommending Grant. He was a real hit! Many attendees spoke to him afterwards about how much they enjoyed his performance or to ask him about future gigs. He was so popular, he was given a standing ovation!! That hasn’t occurred in over 13 years.”    – Kathy Deyman RWTA

For booking and inquiries contact us at prairievaudeville@gmail.com
or phone/text 431-373-3108