Hall of Fame Inductees

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Elizabeth "Ma" Henning

  • Inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015
  • Birth: Russia
  • Death: June 1, 2009


Elizabeth “Ma” Henning was born in Russia prior to moving to Canada in 1950 and settling in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Throughout her career, Elizabeth worked as a nurse, real estate agent and created a residential and commercial development firm, eventually owning and operating hotels in several cities in Manitoba.

One of Elizabeth’s many passions was country music. She opened a country music room at The Down’s Hotel in Winnipeg which was affectionately dubbed, “Ma’s Corral” in recognition of her loyal support and mentorship of Manitoba-based country music performers. A second venue, Trails West Inn located in Brandon has long been managed by her daughter, Heidi Howarth.

“Ma” Henning supported Manitoba based artists further by launching the Downs Record Label and Downs Publishing Company, garnering national attention for artists Len Henry, Harvey Henry, Rhonda Hart, Laurie Carr etc. during the early 1980s.

In 1985, popular country artist Errol Ranville and his C-Weed Band paid homage to “Ma” Henning’s support with the album, Live at Ma’s (Hawk Records) recorded at “Ma’s Corral” at the Downs Hotel.

Elizabeth “Ma” Henning was a director for the Canadian Country Music Association for many years and was named CCMA President in 1985-1986. In 1986 she spearheaded the first televised production of the Canadian Country Music Awards aired on Global TV.

In 2008, “Ma” Henning was the recipient of the CCMA Hank Smith Award of Excellence.

Elizabeth “Ma” Henning passed away on June 1, 2009 at the age of 76.

Elizabeth "Ma" Henning Photo Album

Photo Credits: Grant Martin Photography