Classic rock band Goddo is looking for Winnipeg fans from way back -- 1975 to the present -- for part of a documentary being filmed at The Oak nightclub Saturday, March 30. They may not be easy to spot, as many of the babes have lost their big hair and shoulder pads, and the guys don't wear their spray-on pants anymore. The dozen or so Goddo hits include Louie Louie, Sweet Thing, Pretty Bad Boy and Was it Somethin' I Said?
Toronto's John Powers is producing the show about the group, which formed 35 years ago in Scarborough, Ont., with singer/bassist Greg Godovitz, guitarist Gino Scarpelli and drummer Marty Morin. Powers insists his movie can't be done without Winnipeg participation, as Goddo fans were rabid here. They will be asking ticket-holders as they come through the door to speak into the mike and tell why they came to see Goddo again. Powers says they won't be disappointed with the show itself: "They're just as hot as they ever were -- amazing!" After the band plays, filmmakers will be asking fans for anecdotes -- personal memories and experiences to do with Goddo's music and performances. Tickets are available now at $20 a pop at the front desk of The Oak.
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NYGARD FASHION SHOW: Several hundred people packed into the huge Nygard store on Kenaston Wednesday evening for their big An Evening of Bright Lights spring fashion show. There was no ramp, but the models followed paths of figure eights, with chairs lining the ellipses throughout the store. Jaws dropped at the finale! A seven-foot-tall woman in towering high heels, called "the finale model," as she came out only once, moved like a cruise liner through the sea of people in her stunning white couture creation, towering above Peter Nygard, His son, Jessar, a Johnny Depp look-alike, was filming the whole show for his dad on video camera, with a sizable movie screen off to one side. Models included local Winnipeggers, some from L.A., and the final offering was a Prairie girl. "My name is Pamela Allen, and I'm from Ohio," she announced to me from her lofty height as the show disbanded. Models in brilliant plumes on headbands made a final goodbye tour through the room and out the back. It doesn't get better at Paris fashion week.
Ten Winnipeg breast-cancer survivors also modelled, flying joyfully around the room, some tapping hands with audience members. "They were treated to a day of hair and makeup and got to keep the outfits they modelled in the show," says the event's Sharon Clarke. Mayor Sam Katz's daughter, Kiera, ended up with a whole beach-ball-full of autographs from Allen, other models, and who's-whos in the room. Guests included His Honour Lt.-Gov. Philip Lee and Her Honour Anita Lee, Mayor Katz, who attended with wife, Leah, said: "We didn't bring the baby because we didn't know what he would do during an hour of a fashion show." The only woman to rival the back-in-style '60s bouffant hairdos was Pearl McGonigal, former lieutenant-governor of Manitoba. Paula Havixbeck, city councillor for Charleswood/Tuxedo/Whyte Ridge, and girlfriends sat ringside. Havixbeck was staring at the floor for most of the show. She confessed she was not nearly as interested in the clothing as the stunning shoes, many of the them six-inch platforms. MLAs Dave Gaudreau (NDP-St Norbert) and Wayne Ewasko (PC-Lac du Bonnet) were scarfing down delicious appetizers with the rest of the crowd. Sandy Nitzche of CancerCare Manitoba and Barbara Shumeleym, president of the World Conference Breast Cancer Foundation, graced the event. Entire proceeds from ticket sales go to CancerCare Manitoba -- Breast Cancer Research.
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SEX IN THE CITY GALA: It was a cold and windy Winnipeg day for the red carpet March 14, but limos kept rolling up, and six to 10 girlfriends would tumble out of each and pose quickly outside the Park Theatre. They were dressed for a New York cocktail party in fashions inspired by the famous Sex and the City TV series and movies. The four co-hosts? Titian-haired Terri Apostle from CTV played a totally believable Miranda character. Carrie was played by look-alike Fit and Fabulous blogtalk radio show host Marlo Boux. Sparker Strategy Group's Susie Parker played Charlotte and Pop Sports and Entertainment owner Angie Lamarinde (who looks like singer Adele) played Samantha. Filipino Journal editor Ron Cantiveros played Mr. Big, telling "Carrie" onstage she was "The One" and kissing her, to lively applause.
Genny Sacco-Bak, organizer of the Arthritis Society event, zipped around the room in a black-and-white zebra-striped sheath, and hundreds of women in New York black dresses, hats and sunglasses poured through the door. Some people dressed in costume as TV characters Miranda, Carrie, Charlotte and Samantha. This noisy audience of female besties didn't seem like they were going to stop visiting and partying as the movie rolled. But when the four women from Sex and the City started walking down the New York street, a hush fell over the crowd. The Arthritis Society supplied red Cosmo drinks, like those adored by the TV series girlfriends, appetizers, a martini bar, and huge auction prizes -- plus the Winnipeg version of paparazzi. Special guests included Love Nest owner Linda Proulx, Kellan Group's Shirley Robert, Tiber River Naturals' Michelle Lalonde, Total She's Kristen Goodman, Exchange Income Corp.'s Lacey Terwin, and Alicia Gulla of Hostess Hub.
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