The RAS Report: June 2017

Northern Ontario rock band Midnight Shine recently returned from another successful Canadian Music Week in Toronto, and are now planning for the summer and fall. More news coming soon!

Music Monday took place Monday May 1! Thousands of students across Canada united to sing together in the world’s largest single event dedicated to raising awareness in music education.

The National Aboriginal Music Countdown relaunched as the Indigenous Music Countdown. This weekly program features the Top 40 by Indigenous artists from across Canada, the US, and around the world.

Macdonald Youth Services held a ribbon cutting earlier this spring to celebrate the grand opening of their new therapeutic center in Winnipeg. Established in 1929, MYS helps children, youth, adults and family through six key program areas.

The 21st Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show took place May 16-18 in Winnipeg. Keynote presentations by Adam Beach and Kyle Nobess, and entertainment by Don Burnstick.

Summer is here, and so is Dauphin’s Countryfest! The stellar line-up this year includes Johnny Reid, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Doc Walker, and many more.

An early spring melt this year means an early start to the rowing season! Learn-to-row sessions are up and running at the Winnipeg Rowing Club. Make this the season you try Canada’s most successful Olympic sport!

The RAS Report: April 2017

Monday May 1 is Music Monday! Thousands of students across Canada will sing together in the world’s largest single event dedicated to raising awareness for music education. Concerts are taking place in cities and towns across the country, so we hope you will get out and enjoy a Music Monday event near you. You can tweet with us, too! #MMC2C2C www.musicmakesus.ca

The 21st Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show takes place May 16-18 in Winnipeg. Entrepreneurs, industry and business leaders, community organizations, innovators, and youth, will come together for this premiere Aboriginal business, community and economic development conference. Keynote presentations by Adam Beach and Kyle Nobess, entertainment by Don Burnstick, two full days of workshops, pre-conference courses, and more. www.vqconference.com

More than 90 exhibitors will be on display at Vision Quest’s Trade Show, representing business suppliers, service providers, hospitality groups, career opportunities, economic organizations, educational institutions, information services, and a wide selection of artists and artisans. FREE PUBLIC ADMISSION on May 17 and May 18.

Vision Quest is hosting a FREE PUBLIC LECTURE on May 17 called Ice Roads & Cargo Airships: Stage of the Technologies and Opportunities for the North. It’s a topic of growing interest to remote fly-in communities, and the presentation will include the latest research and development by an expert in the field. 

Dauphin’s Countryfest is coming up June 29-July 2, with a stellar superstar line-up. Canada’s longest running country music festival is featuring performances by Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Johnny Reid, Manitoba’s own Doc Walker, and many more. Visit Countryfest online for all the details. www.countryfest.ca

The National Aboriginal Music Countdown relaunched this week as the Indigenous Music Countdown! This terrific radio program features the Top 40 music by Indigenous artists from across Canada, the US, and around the world. Tune in each week on Aboriginal radio stations across Canada, and also SiriusXM.

An early melt this year means an early start to the rowing season in Winnipeg! Programs are up-and-running at the Winnipeg Rowing Club with a full schedule of learn-to-rows, a community rowing challenge, recreational sessions, competitive rowing, and more. Visit www.winnipegrowingclub.ca for all the details!

Shout out to Macdonald Youth Services (MYS) who held a ribbon cutting in March to celebrate the grand opening of their new therapeutic centre in Winnipeg. Established in 1929, MYS helps children, youth, adults, and families through six key programs: walk-in shelter, foster care, counseling, group homes, mobile crisis teams, and work/life skills. www.mys.ca

midnight shine

So many awesome things are happening with Northern Ontario rockers Midnight Shine that they now need their own section!

The band just came off a very successful Canadian Music Week, where they performed five shows in five days – including the Hard Rock Café and the legendary Horseshoe Tavern.

They got great press, too, including a (surprise!) concert review by thereviewsarein.com and photos in Spill Magazine. Frontman Adrian Sutherland also spent time in the CBC Toronto studio with Nana aba Duncan for this wonderful interview that ran on Fresh Air. Thank you Nana aba!

Midnight Shine has been getting significant airplay for their new single, too. It’s called Sister Love, and this week it was chosen as #4 on the “Top 11 songs you need to hear” by music journalist Alan Cross.

It’s also been getting some love from 102.1 The Edge in Toronto, 94.9 The Rock in Toronto, Rock 106 in Lethbridge, CFMF 103.1 in Quebec, CKGN in Hearst, CBC Radio, and many more. It’s a great song, and if you haven’t heard it yet, check it out HERE!

If you’ve never seen the band perform, check out these terrific videos shot at CMW:

James Bay
Hopeless Romantic

The band will be heading out on tour for the first time this summer, and are especially excited to play the Main Stage at RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa on July 16.

If you’d like to book them to perform at your festival or event, contact Midnight Shine’s booking agent Ralph James at United Talent Agency. Find his contact details HERE.

The RAS Report: November 2016

Mark your calendars for the next Winnipeg Comedy Festival – coming up April 3 to 9, 2017. Ticket sales start December 1! Visit the website for more info. www.winnipegcomedyfestival.com

Dauphin’s Countryfest recently revealed a stellar superstar line-up for 2017. Canada’s longest running country music festival is featuring performances by Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Johnny Reid, Manitoba’s own Doc Walker, and many more. Tickets and info available online. www.countryfest.ca

Being Greene reveals an intimate look into one Manitoba family’s struggle with mental illness, in a touching film about love, life, legacy and hope. Produced by Nüman Films, it premiered on CBC’s Firsthand documentary series in October. The full doc is now available for online viewing at: http://www.cbc.ca/firsthand/episodes/being-greene

Northern Ontario rockers Midnight Shine have taken hold of the #1 spot on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown! Their single Northern Man has been on top of the NAMC charts for 4 weeks now, and the video is steadily climbing towards 10,000 views. If you haven’t checked this awesome band out yet, please do… www.midnightshineonline.com 

Back in September, Midnight Shine played their first ‘Main Stage’ with a performance at CityFolk Festival in Ottawa. Here are a few short video clips from that show:

Midnight ShineIndian In Disguise
Midnight ShineJames Bay
Midnight Shine – Hopeless Romantic

The RAS Report: September 2016

If you like blues, you’ll LOVE Tracy K! The award-winning Manitoba musician is having a launch party tonight for new CD release What’s the Rush? at the Pyramid Cabaret. www.tracyk.ca

It’s been a great season for the Winnipeg Rowing Club. Regattas were attended, medals were won, and the coveted Lipton Cup was brought home for another year! WRC is also proud that Winnipegger Meghan Montgomery is representing Canada THIS WEEKEND at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Row Meghan row! www.winnipegrowingclub.ca

Northern Ontario rockers Midnight Shine are heading “south” to Toronto for shows at TURF (Toronto Urban Roots Festival) on September 16 & 17, and CityFolk in Ottawa on September 18. We’ve got more news to announce soon about this unforgettable band, so please stay tuned! www.midnightshineonline.com 

Tickets are now available for the 2016 ACTRA Awards, coming up Saturday September 24 at The MET. This star-studded evening celebrates Manitoba’s talented and dynamic actors, and shines the spotlight on incredible performances – onscreen and onstage. www.actra.ca   

Being Greene reveals an intimate look into one Manitoba family’s struggle with mental illness, in a touching film about love, life, legacy, and hope. Produced by Nüman Films, it premieres October 13 @ 9:00pm as part of CBC’s Firsthand documentary series. http://www.cbc.ca/firsthand/episodes/being-greene

We’re just so excited about Midnight Shine that we want everyone to know about them! Check out these awesome interviews – just a handful of the 165+ media stories that resulted from their trip to Toronto for Canadian Music Week in May…







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 

Check out their latest single Northern Man:

The RAS Report: January 2015

Congratulations to Inferno Pictures and Fresh TV for nomination at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards! Their made-for-television movie Bunks, about a summer camp overtaken by zombies, received two nods – Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie, and Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series. www.facebook.com/campbushwhack

Congratulations also goes out to singer/songwriter Steve Bell. He received a JUNO Award nomination for Recording Package of the Year for his terrific 25th anniversary box-set Pilgrimage. www.stevebell.com

The Winnipeg Rowing Club (WRC) held their annual Indoor Rowing Championship yesterday, and CTV Winnipeg, Global Winnipeg, and CBC Radio-Canada all came out to shoot some of the fun! www.winnipegrowingclub.ca

Congratulations to Sandra Kirby, coach of the Masters’ rowing program at the WRC. Sandi was recently awarded the Rowing Canada Aviron Umpire of the Year Award, and the WRC is very proud of her! www.winnipegrowingclub.ca   

The Pinkertons TV Series premiered last week on CHCH, and runs Tuesdays at 8:00pm EST. Produced in Manitoba by Rosetta Media and Buffalo Gal Pictures, the 22-episode series draws from real cases and historic facts from the 1860s. www.pinkertonstheseries.com

Sunnyside, produced by Counterfeit Pictures and Buffalo Gal Pictures, features a not-so-typical neighbourhood where anything can happen – and almost always does. It airs Thursdays at 8:00pm EST on City. www.facebook.com/sunnysideoncity

It’s the 10th Winnipeg Mardi Gras, coming up February 13-14. Enjoy an unforgettable weekend of authentic tastes, sights and sounds of New Orleans. Special promotions include Zombie Night on Friday the 13, and Valentine’s Day on February 14. www.winnipegmardigras.com

The 19th Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show happens May 12-14 at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg. This dynamic event discusses and promotes Aboriginal business, community and economic development. Register before April 10 to save $80. www.vqconference.com

Get your tickets for Dauphin’s Countryfest, June 25-28. This year’s lineup features Miranda Lambert, Chad Brownlee, Jake Owen, Brantley Gilbert, Brett Kissel, Codie Prevost, and many more. www.countryfest.ca

The RAS Report: September 2014

To mark the occasion of his 25th anniversary as a solo artist, Winnipeg singer/songwriter/storyteller Steve Bell just released a four-disk project called Pilgrimage, and accompanying book. He’s also the focus of a new feature-length doc, and is currently touring Canada. www.stevebell.com

Find more info about Pilgrimage here:

Listen to tracks from Pilgrimage here:

Watch the music video for radio single Turn It Around:

Northern Ontario rock band Midnight Shine is releasing its sophomore album Northern Man during a whirl-wind week in Toronto that kicks off with a concert at Hard Rock Café tonight, and an appearance on Canada AM on October 2. www.midnightshineonline.com

Listen to the new single Over You here:

Don Amero, who is currently touring with Steve Bell, is thrilled to be one of the performers lined up for this year’s Huron Carole. An annual concert series put on by Canadian actor, musician and activist Tom Jackson, the Huron Carole raises funds and awareness for Canada’s hungry. Watch for a concert coming soon, to a city near you! www.donamero.com

Treading Water: Plight of the Manitoba First Nation Flood Evacuees is a documentary co-produced by Wookey Films & Nüman Films. It will screen at the acclaimed imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto on October 24.

Watch the Treading Water trailer here:

Production is hopping in Manitoba this fall, with a number of feature films and TV series being shot simultaneously. Sunnyside is a hilarious six-episode sketch comedy series produced by Counterfeit Pictures and Buffalo Gal Pictures that will air on City beginning in the new year. @sunnyside_tv

The Pinkertons is a 22-episode crime procedural series produced by Rosetta Media and Buffalo Gal Pictures. It draws from real cases of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency at they solve crimes throughout the ‘Wild West’ of the 1860s. Starring Angus Macfadyen, Martha MacIsaac, Jacob Blair, and the lovely little town of Grosse Isle, Manitoba, playing the role of Kansas City! www.pinkertonstheseries.com

Canadian songstress Sheena Grobb just released her enchanting new album, The Breakless Heart. A labour of love, the music featured is centred around several years of emotional exploration, and is truly unforgettable. The album was mastered by Abbey Roads studios in London, and will surely move you in some way. www.sheenagrobb.com

The annual BreakOut West music festival and conference happens October 2-5 in Winnipeg. More than 70 musical acts are ready to take the stage at venues around the city. It all kicks off Thursday night with a special concert at Fort Gibraltar featuring Dan Mangan, and wraps Sunday night with the Western Canadian Music Awards. www.breakoutwest.ca

The RAS Report: July 2014

The Winnipeg Rowing Club held a reception on July 30 to celebrate the naming of the “The Riley Boathouse.” The Riley family have been long-time supporters of rowing in Manitoba – involved since 1892! Rowing has been a proud tradition for the Riley family, and many other families, since the Winnipeg Rowing Club first began operating on the banks of the Red River in 1881. www.winnipegrowingclub.ca

July has been a busy month for Don Amero, with performances in Clear Lake, Whitehorse, Dawson City, Bella Coola, and a trip to Toronto to shoot some music videos. Next up is a festival in Campbell River, and a few free public shows in Winnipeg – the Cube in the Exchange District on August 6, and Transcona Centennial Square on August 22. www.donamero.com

As Manitoba battles another year of flooding, a long-awaited settlement is supposed to be coming for Lake St. Martin residents displaced from their homes in 2011. The real-life saga has been ongoing for more than three years, as told in the documentary Treading Water: Plight of the Manitoba First Nation Flood Evacuees. Produced by Wookey Films & Nüman Films, the doc premieres on CBC TV August 23 @ 7:00pm CST. For a ‘sneak peak’ of this intimate, untold story, watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/94388296 

Iskwé enjoyed a successful show at the Park Theatre, and will be performing another show in Winnipeg. She’ll be appearing at Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre on August 21, as part of Aboriginal Music Week. If you missed her tripped-out blend of soul the first time around, here’s your second chance! www.iskwe.com

The RAS Report: December 2013

“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.

client news

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

shout out!! 

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.

procrastination tip-of-the-month

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.)

Merry Christmas!

The RAS Report: March 2013

Here we are at that ‘in between’ season, when it’s too warm to skate, and too cold to row. Hmmm… what to do?? Until I figure that out, I’ll share with you some of the latest news from my clients. Here’s what they’ve been up to…

client news

Prairie Dog Film + Television begins production on the highly anticipated third season of Blackstone on Sunday March 24. Blackstone’s powerhouse lineup of talent returns to the show, and includes Carmen Moore, Eric Schweig, Michelle Thrush, Nathaniel Arcand, Steven Cree Molison, Andrea Menard, Tantoo Cardinal, and Garry Chalk. New to the series are John Cassini, Tinsel Korey, Cheri Maracle, Bronson Pelletier, Wayne Baker and Dakota House. www.blackstonetheseries.com

Winnipeg folk 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

Tender Wild Animal is a short-film blending sci-fi, action adventure, comedy, romance, and musical performance into one impressive 13-minute futuristic dystopia. Filmmaker/musician Shaden Garett will premiere his movie at a concert on April 12 at the Park Theatre, feature music by Shaden Garett & The 12 Midnights, Jeremy Fisher, Second Hand Pants, and Feed the Birds. www.shadengarett.ca

Singer/songwriter Don Amero is heading to the JUNO Awards in Regina this April. He is nominated for Aboriginal Album of the Year, for his latest release Heart On My Sleeve. Congrats Don! www.donamero.com

The 17th annual Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show is pleased to announce three keynote speakers for 2013: award-winning recording artist Crystal Shawanda, Sirolli Institute Chairman Dr. Ernesto Sirolli, and accomplished and celebrated actor Tantoo Cardinal. Vision Quest happens May 14 to 16 at Winnipeg Convention Centre. www.vqconference.com