A massive fire in St. Boniface and a massive new furniture store made for some some pretty massive web hits for the videos posted on winnipegfreepress.com in 2012. We've compiled a list of our top viewed videos for the year. This year breaking news takes the cake but a couple of our big projects also cracked the top 10.
Woman dead after car plunges over Disraeli Bridge -- Jan. 18, 2012
19-year-old Katelyn Fraser died after her SUV broke through the guard rail and plunged onto the frozen Red River. The bridge was under construction at the time.
Chief updates massive fire fight in St. Boniface -- Oct. 1, 2012
Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Chief Reid Douglas updated media in the evening on Oct.1, providing details on the firefighting effort at Speedway International.
Speedway International fire raw video -- Oct. 1, 2012
The first video we posted from the huge St. Boniface blaze.
Fatal two car collision on Trans-Canada -- June 8, 2012
Aftermath video of a spectacular two-car crash that left one of the vehicle standing vertically. One person died in the collision.
IKEA Winnipeg opening: Hundreds line up at midnight -- Nov. 29, 2012
The first glimpse of the madness that was the opening of Winnipeg's IKEA store, complete with a midnight sprint across the parking lot to be one of the first in line.
Time-lapse goodbye to Canad Inns Stadium -- Nov. 3, 2012
We blanketed Canad Inns Stadium with cameras to capture a unique perspective of the last Bombers game ever to be played at the stadium.
Inside Cineplex McGillivray's new VIP cinema -- Oct. 30, 2012
Our movie writer Randall King gives viewers his take on Cineplex's swanky VIP cinema. Yes, they serve booze too. At your seat.
Crews putting final touches on IKEA store -- Nov. 21, 2012
We got a sneak peek inside the nearly-completed IKEA store a week before it opened.
Fatal crash on Wellington Crescent -- Nov. 2, 2012
Our first video from the scene of the horrific single-vehicle crash on Wellington Crescent that killed Kelvin High School student Julia Romanow.
Tunnel tours: Storage spaces of Ashdown -- Oct. 5, 2012
Legislature reporter turned amateur historian Bruce Owen takes a tour of the little-known storage spaces of the former Ashdown Warehouse, now the Crocus Building as part of our Underground Winnipeg video series.
We post most of our videos to YouTube as well and many of those videos garnered a lot of hits and some of them even went "viral," depending on what your definition of viral is, of course. Here's a list of our top five YouTube videos from 2012.
Bingo the Service Dog -- Aug. 27, 2012
Bingo and his "Lick It List" made it all the way to NBC's Today Show so it's no surprise our video had a worldwide appeal.
Swimming teacher shocked by change room spy-cam -- March 11, 2012
A Seven Oaks pool swimming instructor found a pen-style "spy cam" recording in the staff change room.
EXCLUSIVE: Maria Aragon's new singles -- June 22, 2012
YouTube sensation Maria Aragon, who shot to fame in February 2011 after a Tweet by Lady Gaga, released two new singles and the Free Press came along for the ride as Maria listened to the tracks.
Squash star Cameron Pilley vs. a watermelon -- March 15, 2012
Cameron Pilley holds the world record for fastest squash shot, so we thought we'd see how a watermelon would stack up against his swing.
St. Malo couple rescues bear cub -- April 3, 2012
The bear cub that was rescued by a Manitoba couple and then taken away and released by Manitoba Conservation made headlines across Canada.