Category Archives: Dancing Gabe

A Salute to Dancing Gabe, Hometown Hero

Last September, Dancing Gabe Langlois was the subject of a biography, Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time. Little did he know how busy he would be over the next ten months—heck, the guy already attends almost 200 professional sports games a year—and where this adventure would take him.

We now know the next chapter! Fans will be able to get their hands on a Dancing Gabe Bobblehead! Wednesday night, July 13th, 2016, is Hometown Heroes Night at Shaw Park and the Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club pays tribute to Winnipeg’s Police, Fire & EMS Service personnel. They “also pay tribute to Winnipeg’s own “Hometown Hero” Gabriel Langlois with a Dancin’ Gabe Bobblehead giveaway.”

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In October, Gabriel Langlois was awarded Winnipeg’s Community Service Award by Mayor Brian Bowman. In November, he led the Grey Cup Parade as the co-Grand Marshall. In January, he was awarded the Dallis Beck Good Guy Award by the Manitoba Sportswriters  and Sportscasters Association. In March, Gabe and his siblings performed the ceremonial puck drop at centre ice on Autism Awareness Night, for a Manitoba Moose game at the MTS Centre. And in April, Dancing Gabe was interviewed on Hockey Night in Canada.

Sprinkled throughout these events, Gabe graciously accompanied me to more than 60 events, signing books, posing for photos, reading to school kids, and spreading joy and happiness to everyone he met. He continues to do this without hesitation, always sporting this big smile everyone loves.

Dancing Gabe has been recognized with many awards and special events over the past 53 years, including a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2010, but you’ll have to read the book to find out more…

Dancing Gabe, Hometown Hero, we salute you!

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Millennium Library Local Author Fair

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(L-R) Daniel and Elaine Perron with Dancing Gabe Langlois, in December 2015

I’m honoured, excited, and a little intimidated to participate in the Millennium Library Local Author Fair. I look forward to meeting other authors, sharing our writing stories, and learning from their experiences.
Readers are the focus of the afternoon, and I will be in fine company: Winnipeg’s one and only Super-fan, Dancing Gabe, will be there with me to sell and sign copies of Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time.
See you there!

Millennium Library Local Author Fair – May 7th, 2016

Dancing Gabe Back on the Bestsellers List

Well, thanks to Rogers Hometown Hockey and Ron MacLean, and to Sportsnet Hockey Night in Canada and Scott Oake, and to all Dancing Gabe fans out there, Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time is back on McNally Robinson’s Bestsellers list for the week of March 27th – April 6th.
Thank you!

Farewell, Angélina

Angelina Langlois passed away ten days ago. She was Dancing Gabe’s mother, and Mike’s, Rick’s, Rob’s, Gerry’s, and Claudette’s. She loved all her children, and her late husband Louis, and devoted her life to their happiness.
I only met Angélina in July 2014 but I soon developed a deep affection and respect for her. She was a wonderful woman: warm, patient, kind, selfless, humble, loving, and with an unshakeable faith. I soon realized how much she was the rock of her family; how she loved all her children, and how they loved her back.
I always looked forward to our conversations at her kitchen table, as I researched to write Gabe’s biography, a story where she featured so prominently. We laughed often, we cried at times (never for long), as my questions took her back in time, revisiting what has been a full and rewarding life, even if it has not always been an easy one. I loved her sense of humour and the ease with which she laughed. Her smile warmed my heart.
Angelina touched my life in so many ways and made me a better person. I know she had that effect on many others…

There’s Only ONE Dancing Gabe

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Dancing Gabe signing autographs during recess.

We were wrapping up our I Love To Read event with the Grade 3 – 6 students. One of the young students raised his hand, eager to ask one more question. His eyes lit up when I noticed him, approached with a few steps to ensure I would hear his query, and invited him to ask his question.

How many Dancing Gabe books are there in the whole wide world?” he said.

I returned to the microphone and repeated the young man’s question to ensure everyone else assembled in the school’s gym would hear it. A gentle hush had fallen on the students who were even more attentive than they had been during the previous forty-five minutes.

Well,” I said, “that is a very good question. There are more than four thousand Dancing Gabe books in the whole world today.” My answer, much to my surprise, was greeted with a collection of cheers, screams, and applause from all those assembled. They liked my answer.

I looked over to Gabe. He too was clapping and beaming, pleased with the answer, pleased with the joy he could see in the eyes of the students. He was the reason for this happiness.

Buy Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time on Kindle.

 

Dancing Gabe Honoured by Winnipeg Mayor with Community Service Award

There was a bit of a surprise waiting for Dancing Gabe at Winnipeg’s City Hall today.

Thinking he was meeting Mayor Bowman for lunch, Gabe made his way to City Hall and arrived right on time, as usual.
A number of journalists and cameras were already in the presentation room on the second floor by the time Gabe arrived. Very strange…just for a lunch… Of course, Gabe knew something was up when he chatted with Brian Barkley, who was also being recognized for his contributions to Winnipeg’s community. But when his mom, Angelina, and brother Rick, showed up, Gabe knew something was up. It was time for the ceremony to get under way.

Mayor Brian Bowman presented Gabe (and Brian Barkley) with the City of Winnipeg Community Service Award, recognizing Gabe’s contribution to the spirit of Winnipeg with the following words:
“Dancing Gabe Langlois is a local legend helping keep the beat to our home team spirit for three decades. Gabe inspires us everyday to remember to celebrate — to remember to dance.”

In his acceptance address, the 52-year old Gabe thanked his family and Winnipeg’s professional sports teams, and said, with a little humour and a whole lot of truth, “These have been the best 52 years of my life! It has been an amazing run.”

You gotta know, for Gabe, every day is the best day.

CONGRATULATIONS GABE!

p.s. If you really want to know what makes Gabe so special, I guess you will have to read his biography, Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time.

Facebook Photo Album of the Ceremony

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Gabriel “Dancing Gabe” Langlois, Mayor Brian Bowman, and Brian Barkley proudly display their award certificates.