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Bachman, Turner return from set of feature film

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Randy Bachman and Fred Turner are back from New Orleans after four days on set playing music in the feature film Dog Fight with stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, directed by Jay Roach of Austin Powers fame.

The famous comedians play battling political candidates in North Carolina. The Canadian musicians play Taking Care of Business as the winner's victory song (sorry, no spoiler here!). The film's star-studded cast also includes Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd and Katherine LaNasa.

"It was really hard work, long days and about 200 people on set," says the band's manager Gilles Paquin of Paquin Entertainment in Winnipeg. "But it's one of the biggest movies of the year and it's great positioning for the band."

The movie is timed to release just before the American presidential vote.

When Roach found out about Bachman's role in writing the original American Woman (with Burton Cummings in the Guess Who days) "they went kind of crazy on that." Lenny Kravitz covered the song in 1999, and Roach (let's hope he blushed) used the Kravitz version in Austin Powers 2, The Spy Who Shagged Me.


SHE MADE IT! Manitoba's Colleen Arnold, the aspiring mountain climber you read about in the Insider recently, has conquered Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. The 48-year-old executive director of Flin Flon's Women's Safe Haven arrived in Winnipeg with a proud heart "and a sore back" Thursday.

It was 5,895 metres, walking uphill 61/2 hours. She and her group of eight international climbers and guides kept going another few hours to get even higher to Uhuru, a small peak, at sunrise."

Her thoughts at the very top? "Thank God I did it. I can go down now!"

She trained for months, walking three or four hours per day. "Everybody was in their 20s but me!" Why did she do it? "I was hoping to set a good example. You don't have to be skinny or young to be fit. You just have to put your mind to it."

A few days later, in Kenya, the group went to the Nairobi orphanage Happy Life Children's Home. Each climber had raised several thousand dollars for it, and they spent two days cuddling 66 babies and tots. "You'd pick up babies and hold them. When you put them down, they'd scream. There were rows and rows of babies," she said.


DERRING DO! The Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers "derring do" fundraiser combined risk-taking audience members with professional singers, dancers and painters to perform together at the West End Cultural Centre Saturday night. My draw ticket won a chance to sing with two singer/songwriter members of the band Oh My Darling, fiddler Rosalyn Dennett and banjo player Allison De Groot, and it was a bucket list dream come true! Master of Ceremonies Ace Burpee of Hot 103 said, "Who knew? She can really sing." (I gobbled up the praise!)

International ballet choreographer Peter Quanz won a chance to choreograph a dance for WCD dancers Mark Medran and Johannah Riley, accompanied by musician Tim Church. "Peter bought tons and tons of tickets. He'd never worked with us before and really wanted it!" said WCD artistic director Brent Lott.

Other risk-takers won a chance to partner with Bollywood dance teacher Andrea Kraj, painter Freya Olafson, beat box and percussion expert Ian Mikita and video jockey Jaymez.

School teacher Darlene Payne arranged a poem by Ralph Markham, so well-known singer Nathan Rogers could develop the tune and boom it out.

People danced to an '80s playlist with the Mrs. Hoo Hoo band, featuring lead singer Ashlee Einarson. Spotted in the crowd -- WCD founder and legendary dancer/choreographer Rachel Browne.


Got tips, events, sightings, unusual things going on? Call Maureen's tip line at 474-1116, email or send mail to the Insider c/o the Winnipeg Free Press at 1355 Mountain Ave. Winnipeg R2X 3B6

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 25, 2012 B2

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