Dancing Gabe is a name so well known in Manitoba, it’s almost synonymous with The Golden Boy perched atop the dome of the Manitoba Legislative Building. You’ve probably seen him in the dog days of summer dancing in the stands at Investors Group Field, Shaw Park or between plays at Bell MTS Place.
The story of Gabe Langlois dates back to the Canadian Football League Western Semi-Final in 1984, where the Winnipeg Blue Bombers played the Edmonton Eskimos.
“We won big time,” recalls Gabe. Fans took notice of his cheerful dancing and, shortly after, so did the media, dubbing him “Dancing Gabe”.
But that wasn’t the part of the story he was focused on.
“Then we went on to beat Hamilton in the Grey Cup. First time in 22 years.”
He can list off facts from games over thirty years ago, as if it happened yesterday. If you’ve ever met Gabe, there’s a good chance he still remembers your name today and can tell you who won the Stanley Cup in 1991.
One of the most memorable games he can recall came on the international stage here at home in Winnipeg.
“Ten years ago,” he says. “The 2007 IIHF Women’s World Ice Hockey Championship, it was amazing.”
Hockey is Gabe’s favourite sport, but he’s looking forward to the different sports on display during the 2017 Canada Summer Games.
“Beach volleyball will be fun to watch,” he says. “I watched quite a bit during last year’s Olympics.”
Winnipeg is the largest city to host the Canada Summer Games, expecting 4,000 athletes and coaches as well as 20,000 visitors. He’s going to be dancing for a much larger audience this summer.
“That’ll be amazing to me,” he says.
Although still months away from the Opening Ceremony, Gabe is pretty tight lipped on whether or not we can expect any new dance moves.
“I’m not sure yet, we’ll have to see.”