SIGN HERE, MR. TRUDEAU: Winnipeg artist Perry Holmes presented Justin Trudeau with a charcoal sketch of his face when he was here the other day -- and the popular Liberal leader signed it for use as an auction piece for the Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba. Trudeau's "people" were aware Holmes was coming to the Fairmont with his art, but it was a bit of a wait for the political star. Trudeau finally blew into the hotel in a mad rush, as they'd taken the wrong route. But Holmes said the politician still took a minute to chat and sign the drawing anyway, adding a personal inscription. "He asked me about being an artist and said he appreciated art and was glad to be part of helping this charity," said Holmes. "I found him to be a warm, intelligent young man." Holmes has also done charcoals of actors Greg Kinnear and Samuel L. Jackson and had them signed for charity. The Trudeau-drawing opportunity was a piece of luck that dropped in his lap. A personal friend of Trudeau's saw Holmes' talent and asked him if he might like to draw his friend Justin. But, of course! As with most people who meet Trudeau, Holmes was bowled over by his friendliness. "He's a great guy. I have huge respect for his agenda and his views on transparency and the way he treats people. He's a cheerful, honest, hard-working man." Was the handsome face easy to draw? "No, it took awhile. It was actually a hard drawing."
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SEX AND THE CITY: The Arthritis Society's Sex and the City gala started off sizzling at the Met Wednesday night as Winnipeg women in New York high style streamed into the sophisticated new entertainment centre. Many were stepping out of limos onto the sidewalk in stiletto heels. (But there was no red carpet outside this year!) Women were mingling at the glitzy bar, holding hot pink cosmopolitan drinks and ending up at formal tables in front of the big screen. Many women dressed in costumes channelling favourite characters from the still-popular movies and TV show Sex and the City about four single girlfriends looking for love in New York City. This year, Sex and the City 2 showed, with the SATC babes on an adventure in the Middle East -- but Winnipeg besties and co-workers would not pipe down. "We sat at the front and we couldn't even hear the movie, beginning to end," said Jeannette Manchur. Throughout the night, the movie's characters circulated in the crowd, played by fitness blogger Marlo Boux (Carrie), Fresh 99.1 FM's Jennifer David (Charlotte) and the burlesque world's Miss Trixy Firecracker (Miranda). Lacey Terwin, the stunning blond Samantha character, took the podium and spoke of her own struggle with rheumatoid arthritis, underlining she doesn't let it keep her from having fun. Shirley Robert of the Kellan Group and Shireen Scott of Pereux Financial welcomed guests, and brawny Bombers Chris Cvetkovic and Cory Watson had cushy jobs working security with all those fancy women. The best-costumed table? Stantec's Jordann Muracz as Carrie, network researcher Jacki Bain as wild and crazy Samantha and Linda Bartholet of Love Nest fame as Charlotte -- dressed in wild hats and dazzling jewelry. Spotted nearby Love Nest sex-shop creator Linda Proulx, Franca Cannata from Worker's Compensation, Manchur from Whiskey Dix, Mary and Shauna Richardson from the Ron Habing Law office and Tracy Konopada from Luda's Deli.
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BOUCHAT SEND-OFF: An all-star cast representing a dozen Winnipeg rock 'n' roll bands in the last four decades gathered for a night with veteran rocker Don Bouchat at the Royal George in Transcona on Wednesday. They were saying goodbye as the man known for decades in the Big Roll Band is off to the Bahamas, where he lives in Eleuthera every winter and plays at Tippy's beach bar and restaurant. Bouchat of the gravelly rock voice attracts music stars to Tippy's such as Lenny Kravitz, who has his own studio on the island, to drop by and sit in. Starting the first set, Bouchat did the kind of funkafied rendition of (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction that thrills crowd in Europe where he plays huge festivals such as Shake the Lake in Austria. Because the stage was loaded with talent, the group took turns doing solos and backing each other. That included Brian Sellar of Three Penny Opera, Next and the Fifth playing bass; Ron Siwicki of Leighton Coal, the Boston Tea Party and Cindi Cain and the Cheeters; drummer Sherman Murphy of Three Penny Opera, Rick Porteous of Revival, and Bouchat best known for his years in Flying Tiger and decades in the Big Roll Band.
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