The RAS Report: May 2016

The Winnipeg Rowing Club is holding its annual Open House this Saturday June 4. Come down for a tour of the facilities, check out the boats and oars, and even try the technique yourself. Drop into 20 Lyndale Drive anytime between 11:00am-3:00pm. www.winnipegrowingclub.ca

MEC Winnipeg Paddlefest takes place Sunday June 5 at FortWhyte Alive, 10:00am-4:00pm. Admission is free, with fun activities for the whole family. If you love paddling, don’t miss this kick-off to the summer watersport season. http://events.mec.ca/node/105801

Merle Haggard was scheduled to perform at Dauphin’s Countryfest this year, but sadly, recently passed away. In light of this news, Countryfest will honour the legendary Haggard with a very special and exclusive performance featuring his long-time band The Strangers, his sons Ben Haggard and Noel Haggard, and multi-award winning Jamey Johnson. Countryfest happens June 30-July 3 and we hope to see you there! www.countryfest.ca

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ just launched an Indigenous Artwalk project, featuring artwork by 12 artists in 12 storefronts. We hope you’ll take a stroll and check out the beautiful artwork, which is on display in downtown Winnipeg windows, from now until mid-August. http://downtownwinnipegbiz.com/indigenous-artwalk/

Shaden Garett and Sean Fulton are proud to present their 12-minute short movie Tender Wild Animal on youtube. It’s a funny (and odd!) little film based on a true story from the year 2053, when the world has been subject to a baby-making embargo. It’s also very well done, and the first of many more projects you’ll hear about from these guys. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsSsztTETI4

It was a great Canadian Music Week for Northern Ontario rockers Midnight Shine. They performed two showcases, including one at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern, did multiple media interviews, visited with their agent Ralph James at the United Talent Agency offices, and overall, had a pretty exciting week in Toronto. Much more Midnight Shine news to come! Stay tuned… www.midnightshineonline.com 

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