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DATE WITH A STAR: What a room full of celebs! Marilyn MacKinnon and the organizing gang at Learning Disabilities of Manitoba staged a smashing city-wide dinner party Wednesday night. The evening started with cocktails and appetizers at the twin ballrooms at the Hotel Fort Garry — a rockin’ cocktail party that later had big door-prize draws for trips.
Spotted among the stars: magician Brian Glow, exclaiming to everyone, "Wow! Isn’t this the best party ever?"; artist Jordan Van Sewell with his chest-length beard and his New York-y black suit; comic Big Daddy Tazz in a purple porkpie hat; singers Sheena Grobb and Renée Lamoureux; Dave Turnbull and Kelly Butler of CITI-FM’s morning crew; Shaw’s Tracy Koga; Kelly Parker of Designated Drive 94.3 FM; Beau and Caroline Hunter of 99.9 BOB-FM; Free Press reporter Kevin Rollason and humour columnist Doug Speirs; Royal Winnipeg Ballet artistic director and CEO André Lewis; Canadian Football Hall of Fame member Doug Brown and artist Kal Barteski.
Among the several hundred people in attendance were co-hosts Energy 106 FM’s Steve Adams and Adam West and LDAM president Rashid Islam. After the address by Bob Essex, who talked overcoming his learning disabilities to attend university, stars were told who they would host from the tables full of big sponsor groups and then they raced to their cars to get to 8 p.m. dinners at restaurants all over the city.
Constance Menzies, owner of Chocolatier Constance Popp, and yours truly co-hosted a table at Clay Oven at Shaw Park. It was a spectacular gourmet meal, put together by the chefs in a private room. Delighted diners included Deloitte’s U.S. tax specialist Lisa Tinant; Terracon development accountant Sarah Taylor, Dynamic Machine’s controller Zach Robert, Deloitte tax specialist Tyler Stewart; Deloitte’s Canadian tax specialist Gabrielle Jabs and Pitblado LLP lawyer Leith Robertson. So what did all these strangers talk about? Conversation included Super Bowl ticket anecdotes, polar bear trips to Churchill, Bill Redekop’s recent book, Lake Agassiz; travelling Europe the wrong way (10 stops in 11 days), and everyone’s comments on the delicious dishes from Clay Oven.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Essex, the gutsy but soft-spoken 23-year-old speaker, revealed his challenges with ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) describing himself one day — sitting on a piano stool playing with his right hand, not yet dressed from taking a shower, and holding the cheese from his grilled cheese sandwich in his left hand as he played. He started wondering to himself, as usual: "What are you doing?" and "Who are you?" He knew he was different, but people with ADHD often have difficulty articulating what’s going on inside, he explained, so they fake it, and try to be good at a bunch of things and try to fit in. Learning Disabilities of Manitoba helps people find their voices and identities and focus on their challenges.
So, a grateful and creative Essex surprised everybody and walked into the LDAM office one day and volunteered to ride his bike from Victoria B.C. to the tip of Prince Edward Island to raise awareness of learning disabilities. Bob’s Bike Ride was born and the ride starts this spring. (Info at Facebook BobBikeRide LDAM.)
"If one person finds their voice by the end, it will be worth the bike ride across Canada," Essex says.
ROCKER BECOMES ARTIST: Eve Rice, the former Vav Jungle band star, is making more money after becoming an artist. She just started painting three years ago and is already getting as much as $3,000 for her large paintings. Her style? It’s new-wave psychedelic "outer space" themes. This month there’s a big show of her artwork in the Gas Station Arts Centre.
You still can catch her singing and flipping wild discs in her musical persona "DJ Beekeeni", and she’ll be outdoors in a bikini, furry coat and her trademark Andy Warhol-style glasses to host a party on ice during Festival du Voyageur Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. You’ll find her with a bunch of fans and dancers at the magical junction of the iced-over Red and Assiniboine rivers. "I’m a singing DJ who plays hip dance music and also elevator music," she says.
Check out Rice’s art at vericegallery.com.
UNEXPECTED SONGBIRD SIGHTING: Yours truly ducked into the Humboldt’s Legacy location on Lilac Street... and guess who was behind the counter? It was none other than Lucas Redekop of the Grey Jays. Redekop was drinking a cup of java while tending the shop in one of his trademark hats.
Redekop will playing with his lady love, musician Maddy Jantz, at Hermanos on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.
"We do off- the-wall versions of big hits like Ain’t No Sunshine, mixed with Toxic by Britney Spears. And then there’s wild versions of big hits like Purple Haze, Tainted Love, Happy Together and Blue Moon," Redekop says.
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