Makeup master has brushes… with greatness


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MAKEUP MAGICIAN TO THE STARS: Canadian celebrity makeup artist Paul Venoit, who has brushed the fascinating faces of A-listers such as Tom Hanks, Kate Moss, Pam Anderson, Claudia Schiffer and the Rolling Stones, is jetting into Winnipeg to teach a workshop Friday night at the Gas Station Arts Centre.

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MAKEUP MAGICIAN TO THE STARS: Canadian celebrity makeup artist Paul Venoit, who has brushed the fascinating faces of A-listers such as Tom Hanks, Kate Moss, Pam Anderson, Claudia Schiffer and the Rolling Stones, is jetting into Winnipeg to teach a workshop Friday night at the Gas Station Arts Centre.

Venoit has been brought in to help publicize the new Be-Yoo-Tee Bar, 452 River Ave., on Saturday.

“I’m also coming out to Winnipeg to do a beauty seminar designed to speak to the everyday woman, not just for aspiring makeup artists,” Venoit says from Toronto. “I look to empower through beauty. When a woman looks confident, she feels confident — it gives her an upper hand, like having a good hair day.”

From left, David, Gail and Leonard Asper.

How did he get so interested in makeup?

“I grew up in a house with nine sisters,” Venoit says. “And I survived!”

Venoit’s skills have made Mick Jagger and Keith Richards look pretty for the red carpet, and he knows just how much rockers love their eyeliner.

Paul Venoit: 'empower through beauty'

As for making aging rockers look youthful — “Well, hmm… less is more when you get older,” he says. “Too much makeup on the skin is more aging than not.”

Students will experience Venoit’s class with cameras and monitors, with his every finger movement up on the screens.

Friday’s workshop runs from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and costs $150. Tickets are available at Be-Yoo-Te Bar’s sister business, Be-Yoo-Tee Factory, 107-100 Osborne St., or by phone at 204-221-4434.


BEDDING DOWN TOGETHER: Downtown BIZ is getting ready for the fifth CEO Sleepout to raise awareness and money to help the homeless. More than 100 participants have signed up for the Thursday night/Friday morning event near Portage and Main. The list includes leaders in politics, the arts, business, law enforcement and philanthropy.

Donations can be made over the phone at 204-958-4634 or you can choose to sponsor a sleepout participant online at

Among the people who will be hunkered down in tuques, mitts and sleeping bags: politicos such as Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari; St. Boniface MP Shelly Glover; Manitoba Jobs and Economy Minister Kevin Chief; Mayor Brian Bowman, deputy mayor Mike Pagtakhan and Coun. Jenny Gerbasi. The Downtown BIZ will be represented by executive director Stefano Grande and homlessness chairman Ari Driver.

Other participants include: Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg president Ron Brown; Aboriginal Youth Opportunities founder Michael Redhead Champagne; Main Street Project executive director Lisa Goss; Macdonald Youth Services’ Erma Chapman; Callie’s Backpacks founder Callie Costello; Lunches with Love founder Nathan Unrau; Dan Courchene of the Southern Chiefs Organization; Agape Table’s Dave Cunnin; Pegasus Publications’ Dorothy Dobbie; Albert El Tassi of Peerless Garments; Mohamed El Tassi of Sargent Blue Jeans; Qualico’s Jordan Farber; Dr. Jose Francois, head of family medicine at the U of M; Free Press columnist Doug Speirs; Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Jeff Herd; Damon Johnston of the Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg; Trudy Lavallee, executive director of the aboriginal women’s support agency Ikwe Widdjiitiwin; Charles Loewen of End Homelessness Winnipeg; and Diane Redsky, executive director of Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre.


WORDS AND DEEDS GALA: In the Round was the theme of the 2015 Word and Deeds Leadership gala that honoured the Asper family and the Asper Foundation on Sept. 9.

A stage set up in the middle of a RBC Convention Centre ballroom featured a large round screen above it.

“The idea of the 360-degree view was to show how the Asper family and foundation have affected so many different areas of the community in Winnipeg, across Canada and worldwide,” says Jessica Kerzner, a project co-ordinator for the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, which organized the event with the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.

Winnipeg Free Press co-owner Bob Silver was the emcee, and Leonard, Gail and David Asper took the stage to give short speeches, but most of the evening consisted of performances by dancers and singers in keeping with the Asper family’s long support of the Winnipeg arts community.

In a salute to their love of arts, particularly musicals and Broadway performances, Gail Asper sang with a group of the performers. Her dad Izzy Asper, who loved live music, would be proud!

There was also a video about the Aspers’ contributions to various charitable causes, barely scratching the surface of what the family has done across Canada over the decades.

VIPs included Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon, Premier Greg Selinger and Mayor Brian Bowman. Also making the scene were Donald MacDonald of 1832 Asset Management; Holly Toupin from RBC Financial Group; Mariette Mulaire from World Trade Centre Winnipeg; Dave Angus of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce; Arni Thorsteinson of Shelter Canadian Properties; Norway House Cree Nation Chief Ron Evans; Free Press publisher Bob Cox; and Chuck Lafleche of the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation. Also spotted were philanthropist Marjorie Blankstein; event co-chairs Stu Clarke and Howard Morry; chair of decor and food committee Hope Morry; and David Kroft and Elaine Goldstine of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg.


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Maureen Scurfield writes the Miss Lonelyhearts advice column.

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