Hi there! It’s been a while since I’ve sent out a RAS Report. The New Year is definitely off to a busy start, and before long… it will be April! I’m sure many of you are experiencing the same where-does-the-time-go syndrome. And I know time is at a premium for everyone, so I’ll keep this RAS Report short – with hopes that you’ll actually read it…
The feature film The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom premiered in Montreal and Toronto in March. In April, it will show in Vancouver and Regina. More cities to be announced. The original motion picture soundtrack features acclaimed Canadian female recording artists (Nelly Furtado, Martha Wainwright, The Wailin’ Jennys, Coral Egan, Geneviève Toupin) performing contemporary remakes of Dolly Parton songs, as well as the voice of the legendary Dolly Parton herself. Listen to select tracks online at www.theyeardollypartonwasmymom.ca.
The 15th annual Vision Quest Conference takes place May 17 to 19 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. This dynamic three-day event brings together innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders to discuss and promote Aboriginal business, community and economic development. This year’s keynote speakers are Roberta Jamieson, CEO of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, and Manitoba’s own Theoren Fleury, former NHL All-Star, Stanley Cup Winner and Olympic Gold Medalist. Register before April 8 and receive the Early Bird discount ($75 0ff). www.vqconference.com
Once again, Frantic Films will be producing one-hour television specials featuring the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. If you want to be in the audience for the live taping at Pantages Theatre, get your ticket to attend one of the gala comedy nights on April 7, 8 or 9. Find out more about the Winnipeg Comedy Festival at www.winnipegcomedyfestival.com. And watch episodes of last year’s festival on now – Tuesday nights on CBC.
Original dramatic television series Blackstone proved to be a hit. During its run from January through March, it consistently ranked as one of APTN’s top-rated and most popular programs. If you watched the first season finale last week, let us know what you thought of the cliff-hanger ending! You can converse with Blackstone on Facebook, Twitter, and also at www.blackstonetheseries.com.
Oh My Darling, who just completed a western Canadian tour with their new Love Shack EP, will be playing the Main Stage at this year’s Winnipeg Folk Festival. With a sweet name and even sweeter sound, these lovely ladies conjure up the right mix of emotion and elation with their unique brand of country. Find out more about them at www.ohmydarling.ca.
The Winnipeg Rowing Club is pleased to announce the arrival of their new head coach. Brent Figg moved his family from Cincinnati to Winnipeg last fall, to take up head coaching duties at the club. Information about WRC programs for 2011 is now online, with programs for all ages. No rowing experience necessary! Why not make this the year you try rowing??? www.winnipegrowingclub.ca
HATS OFF TO…
Eagle & Hawk… for being nominated for another Juno Award this year, in the category of Aboriginal Album of the Year for their latest recording The Great Unknown. Congratulations guys! www.eagleandhawk.com
Frantic Films… for winning a Spirit of Winnipeg Award in the category of Medium Business. The awards were handed out on March 4. Congratulations! www.franticfilms.com
RAS CREATIVE NEWS
RoseAnna Schick of RAS Creative is very honoured to be nominated for a 2011 Women of Distinction Award, in the category of Public Awareness & Communications. Thanks to Bernice Sharples from Charton Hobbs Canada for the nomination, and Lisa Meeches from Eagle Vision, Kim Bullard from Vision Quest, and Tara Walker previously from On Screen Manitoba, for such wonderful letters of support. You are all incredible women of distinction yourselves!
RoseAnna was asked to be a member of the Advisory Committee for the brand new Canadian Aboriginal Women’s Circle Magazine. This excellent publication is launching this spring. You can find out more about it at www.womenscirclemag.com.
When she's not busy running RAS Creative, RoseAnna loves to pursue freelance writing. A frequently published travel writer, her latest article appeared on the front cover of the Winnipeg Free Press Travel section in February. The story is called Bed of Roses and it’s about wonderful romantic getaways in Manitoba.
RAS Creative is on Twitter – and looking for more followers! We’ve now surpassed 100, and hope you’ll follow us, too. Find us at www.twitter.com/ras_creative.
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March is a great time to make up for all those things you’ve been procrastinating about since January. You know, like New Years’ resolutions. Or returning those unwanted Christmas gifts. Maybe buying a new parka. Or putting the snow tires on your car. Ummmmm… okay… so it may already be too late for some of that stuff. But it does go to show that if you procrastinate long enough, you’ll eventually not have to do what you initially thought you had to do. Which means you’ll have less stuff to do overall, and more time on your hands to do all the other stuff that you really want to do, that you never seem to have any time for. Makes sense, doesn’t it??
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