The West End Cultural Centre has seen countless performances since it opened as a music venue in 1987. The unique space combines an old church and an addition on the back completed in 2009.
St. Matthews Church was built in 1908 at the corner of Ellice and Sherbrook, replacing the congregation’s previous church on the same lot from 1987. St. Matthews outgrew the new building quickly, and in 1914, Elim Chapel took over the building. In 1931, St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church moved into the building and stayed until 1969. Next, the church was bought by the Portuguese Association of Manitoba for use as a cultural centre. In 1987, Mitch Podolak and Ava Kobrinsky bought the church and turned it into the West End Cultural Centre.