“So this is Christmas, and what have you done? Another year over, and a new one just begun…” –John Lennon
Year after year, that’s still my favourite holiday song. It always makes me stop and reflect, and take note of where things are at. I’m grateful for another busy and prosperous year, and everyone who was part of it. In fact, if you’re reading this, you’re part of it, too. So I’m grateful for you! Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and holiday season. May you and yours enjoy much love and laughter in 2014.
Winnipeg singer/songwriter Don Amero is hosting his 4th annual Amero Little Christmas at the West End Cultural Centre on December 21, with special guests Desiree Dorion and Jordan St. Cyr. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, with partial proceeds going to Winnipeg Harvest. www.donamero.com
Don recently released the new song Gonna Be A Good Day to country radio across Canada, and claimed the #2 spot on DMDS’s list of Most Active Indies. The pickup has been fantastic, and several stations are now playing the single.
Listen to Gonna Be A Good Day by Don Amero: https://soundcloud.com/don-amero/gonna-be-a-good-day
Have you gotten your skates out yet?? Canlan Ice Sports is offering their next Women’s Hockey Fundamentals session from January 7 to March 25, for ladies 16+. All skill levels are welcome, including beginners. http://www.icesports.com/winnipeg/adult-hockey-academy-.aspx
Christmas may be on its way, but the real anticipation is for Winnipeg Mardi Gras, a sure-fire remedy for the winter blues. Join thousands of others on February 14 & 15 for an unforgettable weekend on the streets of ‘The Big Easy’ right here in Winnipeg. Experience authentic tastes, sights and sounds of Louisiana, including high-energy Zydeco straight from down south. www.winnipegmardigras.com
Northern Ontario rock band Midnight Shine recently inked a record deal with Roar Records out of Toronto, and have been in the studio recording their second album. Stay tuned for more info soon, including a release date in 2014. www.midnightshineonline.com
Listen to Since You Been Gone by Midnight Shine: https://soundcloud.com/midnight_shine/since-you-been-gone
In a new addition to The RAS Report, this section is for people and places that deserve a special mention, just because. So my first ever shout out goes to Larry Vickar of Vickar Automotive Group, for loaning a vehicle (with free gas!) to Susan Krepart for her Magnus Hay Formula Drive for Winnipeg Harvest. In 15 days Susan raised $25,266.51 plus 828 pounds of formula to feed hungry babies, made possible by lots of good and generous people. www.vickar.com
You can read about this amazing grassroots fundraising campaign in the Winnipeg Free Press story City mom springs into action.
ras creative news
RoseAnna Schick, president of RAS Creative, is a huge fan of curling. She’s also a fan of Ron Burgundy. So when the two came together in Winnipeg recently, she just had to be there to take it all in. And write about it, too. Here’s her story:
RoseAnna also writes a travel column for Winnipeg’s Canstar News. It’s called Travelations, and recent stories include:
You can find more stories on RoseAnna’s blog www.ras-words.com.
With Christmas upon us, no doubt there’s still lots of work-work to be done (emails, phone calls, documents, reports). However, holiday-work has likely taken over by now (shopping, wrapping, preparing, celebrating), which actually makes Christmas the most effective time of year to procrastinate… let me explain…
Having both holiday-work and work-work to do means you can avoid work-work, while the holiday-work allows you to feel like you’ve still achieved something – and feeling like you’ve achieved something is always a good thing, no matter what time of year.
This holiday season, give yourself the gift of achievement by letting holiday-work take over for a little while, and postponing all work-work until next year. You have your permission. (And your family’s.)