The RAS Report: January 2013

Here we are at the end of January, and the middle of a Manitoba deep freeze. We have an “extreme wind chill warning” in effect today, so it feels like -42 outside. And on that note, I think I’ll stay indoors and write about my clients. Here’s what they’ve been up to…

client news

Only two weeks until Winnipeg Mardi Gras! Join thousands of people at the first big party of 2013, and beat the winter blues. Experience the tastes, sights and sounds of Louisiana without leaving town. Winnipeg Mardi Gras happens February 15 & 16 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, featuring C.J. Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band. Tickets at Ticketmaster. www.winnipegmardigras.com

Amid the talk of Golden Globes and Oscars, the Canadian Screen Awards get handed out March 3. Dramatic TV series Blackstone has been nominated for three awards. Congrats to Steven Cree Molison (Best Performance by Actor in Continuing Leading Dramatic Role), Georgina Lightning (Best Performance by Actress in Featured Supporting Role), Rhonda Fisekci (Best Achievement in Casting), and everyone at Edmonton’s Prairie Dog Film + Television. www.blackstonetheseries.com

Plenty of Manitoba productions have also been nominated for Canadian Screen Awards, including feature film Mad Ship(Best Costume Design), Less Than Kind (nominated in ten categories), Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil (nominated in six categories) and The Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story 2 (nominated for four awards, including a nod to Jared Keeso for Best Performance by Actor). Good work, Manitoba!

Speaking of made-in-Manitoba movies… the highly anticipated biopic Jack, about late NDP leader Jack Layton, airs Sunday March 10at 8:00pm on CBC Television. It is produced by Eagle Vision (Winnipeg) and Pier 21 Films (Toronto), and stars Rick Roberts and Sook-Yin Lee. www.eaglevision.ca  / www.pier21films.com

The Peter Nykoluk Rowing Scholarship was recently handed out to two members of the Winnipeg Rowing Club. Marianne Bergmann and Kevin Kowalyk will share this year’s award, both of whom have distinguished themselves in the sport of rowing with remarkable accomplishments. www.winnipegrowingclub.ca

valentine’s day contest! 

Winnipeg singer/songwriter Don Amero is giving away a Valentine’s Day prize package that is sure to win you lots of points with your significant other…

You can win dinner for two at Billabong Gastropub, a bottle of Moët Champagne with dinner, a beautiful bouquet of flowers from The Tulip Florist, and an autographed copy of Don’s new album Heart On My Sleeve.

Visit Don’s Facebook page to find out how to enter. The winner will be announced on February 13. Good luck!

procrastination tip-of-the-month

The last thing you ever want to do is make a wrong decision. If you’re unsure of your decision, yet choose to go ahead and make the decision now anyway, there’s a chance it could turn out to be the wrong one. However, if you make the decision later, then you can’t possible make the wrong decision now. Right?