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


Born at Malonton on 7 January 1924, son of Dmytro and Mary Maksymyk, he left home at the age of 15 and joined the Merchant Navy in 1939, travelling all over the world in the course of the next seven years. He adopted the nickname “Crabby” after visiting San Francisco, California. After returning home, in 1947 he built a dance hall on his property and named it Crabby Steve’s Barn. With live music provided by local bands, it was a highly popular entertainment venue until closing in the early 1980s. He died at his home at Komarno on 19 March 2015.

See also:

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


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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 March 2015.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 April 2017

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