SOO'S Buffet Menu for Today
est. 1970
The SOO'S building at 10th & Princess
has been sold
to make way for the
new Westoba Credit Union expansion
which is demolishing and redeveloping
most of the block at 10th Street and Princess.

Brandon's largest Chinese restaurant and
~ a Manitoba landmark since 1970 ~
closed its doors on February 2, 2002.

Click on the SOO'S logo below to access our Archive Pages:
Sue-On and Bill

The last major concert in our Show Hall ~ Blues At Soo's
is featured at our Blues Overtook Me site


The Hillmans are still very involved with music
as anyone can tell who has accessed our homepage

A major feature of our website is our online bio which features
career photos, anecdotes, lyrics, vintage guitar pages, journals, etc.

On Stage Photos from the '90s

Our sincere thanks to our
Keith "Poor Boy" Rodger
for the kind words in his BLUES IN WESTMAN columns in
Blues News: The Journal of the Manitoba Blues Society

Visit their Website at:

Blues News: The Journal of the Manitoba Blues Society, Inc.

From the
Blues Man in Westman column 
Keith "Poor Boy" Rodger
Blues News: The Journal of the Manitoba Blues Society, Inc.
Summer 2001 ~ Volume 5, Number 3

SOO'S Saturday night jam on April 14 was well attended, hosted by Bill and Sue-On Hillman, with many years of touring and recording behind them, are well-seasoned musicians that fit easily into most styles of music. An old friend of mine, Ken Jarvin, was in town visiting from Victoria, B.C. so I thought I would take him out to the jam since it had been many years from the last time we had toured together. At first he refused to get up, stating he had not played in ten years, but after a little prodding (very little) he was up on the keyboard and within minutes began to put to shame some of us who have to practice every day to keep our chops up. I did not know all the musicians there that night but some I did know were G.B. Peech and the Sidebanders, Vaughn Thorsteinson the house bass player and when he gets a chance, guitarist, Joe Ksiazek, John from Boomtown Music, a very young and good-looking guitarist, Kristi Ghidoni, who we might have to keep an eye out for in the blues world, and new to me, Sandy Gibson, who had recently been playing out of Montreal, brought down his dobro. I hope to see him perform again soon. You just never know whom you might run into at SOO'S. Just the week before Winnipeg's own Ron Robinson of CBC fame and Morning Show producer, Jan Harding, showed up and graciously performed for the crowd.

Keith "Poor Boy" Rodger

From the
Blues Man in Westman column 
Keith "Poor Boy" Rodger
Blues News: The Journal of the Manitoba Blues Society, Inc.
Spring 2002 ~ Volume 6, Number 1

The Brandon blues community has found a friend and supporter of live blues music in The Brandon and District Labour Council with newly elected president Jan Chaboyer. (Congratulations Jan) First there was the Better Off With The Blues Social, with two Winnipeg acts. Then came The Blues Overtook Me Social, held at Soo's Restaurant with acts like (surprise it's me) Poor Boy Rodger, G.B. Peech and the Sidebanders, The Soo's Blues Wokkers, and just back from Bosnia, Guns and Hoses, a band consisting of soldiers from CFB Shilo (don't mess with these blues soldiers). It was a well attended event and, sad to say, the last of an era in Brandon as Soo's Chinese Restaurant has been eaten up with the expansion of the Credit Union next door. Soo's had the best Chinese food in town and had been in Brandon forever, or at least as long as I can remember. In the last few years it was also the best and friendliest jammin' place for musicians of all ages and styles. I think I can speak for all musicians  in and around Brandon and wish Bill and Sue-On Hillman all the best in the future. Check out their Webpage at:

Keith "Poor Boy" Rodger

See all the guests mentioned in Poor Boy's column in our

SOO'S Saturday Nite Jam
SOO'S Blues Jam
SOO'S Saturday Nite Jams
October 2000
SOO'S Saturday Nite Jams
The "Ron and Jan Show"
SOO'S Saturday Nite Jams
Part V
Blues At SOO'S ~ December 1, 2001
Blues Overtook Me Concert
Bill & Sue-On Hillman:
A Musical Odyssey

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