CURLING FOR A CAUSE: Sponsors Announced, City Launches Video for Sixth Annual Charity Bonspiel to Support the Kevin Walters Memorial Fund

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Sandy Taronno

As the local music community readies its brooms to rock the house, City Winnipeg's Wheeler in the Morning has produced and launched a fun new series of curling videos to highlight the Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel in support of the Kevin Walters Memorial Fund

Indicator Indicator's Sandy Taronno returns to star in this year's video, reviving his original curling tune "Let Me Introduce Curling", which was written and filmed for the bonspiel first in 2013. Also starring Wheeler in the Morning's Dave Wheeler, Phil Aubrey and Rena Jae, the series traces the behind-the-scenes history of fictional band the WoodBlocks. The videos will be aired on Wheeler in the Morning throughout the week and can also be found online. Watch the new video series

This is the latest in the City creative team's curling video productions, written and directed by Kevin McQuade. They picked up a 2013 Signature Award for the 'Curling Tips Series' featuring the likes of John K. Samson and JP Hoe, produced the music video for Indicator Indicator's "Let Me Introduce Curling", teamed up curling pro Jon Mead, Imaginary Cities' Rusty Matyas and Oh My Darling's Vanessa Kuzina for an the instructional video parody, 'Etiquette for the Competent Curler', and filmed a series of film spoofs of Jaws, James Bond, and more starring Hoe, Andrina Turenne, and Mama Cutsworth last year. 

The annual bonspiel, presented by Manitoba Music and Manitoba Film & Music, will take place at the Granite Curling Club on February 27, 2016. Fans are welcome to cheer on the curlers at the event, which brings the province's vibrant music community together to raise funds for the Kevin Walters Memorial Fund -- a charity that honours Walters' memory through financial support for promising performers and organizations in music, film, performance and the creative arts. Walters, who passed away in June 2014, had very close ties with Manitoba Music, Manitoba Film & Music, as well as the larger music industry. 

The generous support of sponsors has been key to raising these funds. We would like to thank all our sponsors: bonspiel sponsor Asham, video sponsor City, beer sponsor Half Pints Brewing Co., toque sponsor Special T Shirt Company, draw sponsors FYI Music NewsSix Shooter Records, and SOCAN, and sheet sponsors CARASGuppy Graphic DesignLong & McQuade, and Ralph James. 

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