The RAS Report: February 2013

The Groundhog predicted an early spring, and we could be on track for that here in Manitoba. We’ve had an awesome week of weather, and things are melting. But sadly, that includes Winnipeg’s favourite winter outdoor recreational area. Goodbye River Trail, you were great this year! See you again in 2014. 

You know what else is especially great these days?? Our clients here at RAS Creative. Here’s what they’ve been up to…

client news

Don’t forget… the highly anticipated made-in-Manitoba 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 Oscars may be over, but award season continues in Canada. Four Manitoba projects landed six nominations for the Writer’s Guild of Canada’s 2013 Screenwriting Awards. Nominees are documentaries Surviving The Teenage Brain and We Were Children, and TV series Less Than Kind and Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil. The awards are handed out April 22 in Toronto. Good work, Manitoba!

It’s almost JUNO Awards time. Canada’s annual celebration of music takes place in April, and Winnipeg singer/songwriter Don Amero is nominated for his first JUNO Award for new album Heart On My Sleeve (Aboriginal Album of the Year). He’ll be attending the awards in Regina after returning from a Penticton concert, a Las Vegas showcase, workshops in Northwestern Ontario, and shows out East. It’s shaping up to be a busy spring for Don! www.donamero.com

Winnipeg roots trio Red Moon Road is releasing their second album March 28 at the West End Cultural Centre. Tales from the Whiteshell was recorded in the beautiful wood-heated log cabins of Falcon Trails Resort. It’s a six-song collection that reflects their profound connection to one of Manitoba’s most stunning wilderness regions. The fantastic night of entertainment includes a video component, special guests, and songwriters in the round. www.redmoonroad.com

Buffalo Gal Pictures and Enigmatico Films are pleased to announce their feature film Mad Ship will open theatrically in Toronto and Vancouver at the end of March. Mad Ship stars Gil Bellows, Rachel Blanchard, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, and Line Verndal. Further theatrical releases in Canada include Montreal, Edmonton, Ottawa, Saskatoon, and Moose Jaw. www.madshipmovie.com

Due to popular demand… Canlan Ice Sports is offering another Ladies Hockey Fundamentals session starting April 2 for ages 16+. Learning how to play hockey is FUN and a great way to get into shape, sharpen your skills and meet some great new people. www.icesports.com

Dauphin’s Countryfest recently announced that Canadian country star Dean Brody will perform at the 2013 festival on Sunday night, while the Saturday Rock Night will feature The Trews and Odds. www.countryfest.ca

Each year the Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show designates an Honourary Chair who exemplifies the qualities of a true leader. This year’s Honourary Chair is Leslie Lounsbury, publisher of SAY Magazine. Join Leslie and other equally impressive business and community leaders at the 17th Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show, May 14 to 16 at Winnipeg Convention Centre. www.vqconference.com

community news 

On Screen Manitoba’s All Access 2013 industry forum takes place March 18 to 20 at The Fairmont Winnipeg. The theme is The Multi Screen Experience: Exploring Opportunities for Linear and Non-Linear Storytelling. Keynote speaker is Jeff Gomez, president and CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment. www.onscreenmanitoba.com

ras creative news 

RoseAnna Schick, president of RAS Creative, loves writing her travel column for Winnipeg’s Canstar News. It’s called Travelations, and recent topics include:

You can also find these stories – and many more – on RoseAnna’s blog, where she writes about travel, outdoor adventure, golfing, playin’ hockey, publicity, PR, the music biz, and just about anything, really… www.ras-words.com

procrastination tip-of-the-month

Since February is a month shorter than all the others, you really shouldn’t expect to accomplish as much as the other months. After all, even February’s most famous procrastinator – the Groundhog – went back to bed at the beginning of February for a minimum of six more weeks. And I doubt he feels guilty for underachieving this month. So neither should you.