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This article was published 26/5/2011 (3440 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
STOLEN KISS: Rona carpenter Paul Plouffe, 53, who sounds like Burton Cummings, is back on the Winnipeg music scene singing at open-mikes, writing songs, and recording a CD -- after 28 years of not singing. In his 20s, as a dark-haired young man playing piano and singing in a Winnipeg bar, Plouffe reaped a surprising benefit from that Cummings similarity. As he was coming offstage, a young women ambushed him. "She wrapped me in her arms, gave me a hard kiss -- and then took a step back, and said: "Hey, you're not Burton Cummings!" Sounds like Plouffe owes Cummings a big ol' kiss. The builder said he stopped singing when he got into the serious business of making money to raise a family. "But when I turned 50, I couldn't NOT sing anymore."
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PSSST! Funky fans of big-name "indie crafters" are in the starting blocks for tomorrow's Crafty Minions sale at Aqua Books on 274 Garry St. Warning: Don't bring Baba. There are no doilies or woolly slippers, and if there were, they would likely have shocking words on them. And come early, as the 25 crafters are stars in the handmade world. For instance, Kami Goertz of the shop Marathon 1981, who makes weird plush monsters, is being featured in July's Stuffed magazine (stop giggling) in the U.S. and she's also going to show her monsters in Seattle's "Plush-You" gallery showing of international work. The lineup of guerilla DIY crafters includes names like Head in the Oven Creations, Velvet Vixen, Dizzie Dame, Hello Goddess, Lady Tees, Just the Goods, Julrei, Midkid, Paper Girl Productions, Mrs. Glockenheimen, Tumanov Regalia, Inspyred Creations.
Says Aqua Books owner Kelly Hughes, "Crafty Minions happens quarterly and has been a huge hit, and we have hundreds coming through here," He adds, "It's the most fun you can have indoors on a Saturday." The show runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
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EVERY BEGINNING MUST HAVE AN END: Rambling Dan Frechette leaves with rising star Emma Cloney this week on a one-month western Canadian tour. They start in Brandon as she sings in support of her album, Something To Say, and his fourth album, Nothing to Lose but the Blues, due to be released later this year. They hit places all the way to Victoria and then circle back, ending up in the Twin Butte General Store in Twin Butte, Alta. 'Nuff said.
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NEW VEGAS-STYLE ROOM: At the reopening party of the Limelight Tavern at the St. Vital Hotel, yours truly discovered the rec-room-style karaoke room in the basement had been turned into a hot Las Vegas-style nightclub with dazzling curtains bathed in lime-green stage lights, a new dance floor and a space-age strip of rotating coloured light around the circumference of the room. Co-owners Vic Massey and Art Wortzman sat back and watched as comedians Ryan Ash and Big Daddy Tazz entertained the crowd. "It's a completely different room," says Wortzman. "It had been kind of grungy, though the kids seemed to find it comfortable. But now it's modernized." Says Massey, "We hired interior designer Linda Young of Facilitech to dress it up." To make sure they never lost their loyal university-aged karaoke crowd, owners had the construction workers clean up every day, so the bar could open at 7 p.m. for regulars who sing their hearts out. Stay tuned for more major projects in this historic old inn by the Red River, as this is just the beginning.
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KUDOS FROM NASHVILLE: Three Winnipeg entries have received honourable mentions in the 2010 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) out of Nashville -- Scott Nolan (for Trial Separation), writing group Jaylene Johnson, Chris Burke-Gaffney, Sharlene Loveless and Jolene Ketas (for Handsome), and Shea Malcolmson, a.k.a. Abstract Artform (Here We Are). Not too shabby, with 15,000 submissions total. The grand prize of US$25,000 cash and $20,000 in merchandise and services for overall Best Song 2010 went to Australian singer/songwriter Kasey Chambers for Beautiful Mess in the folk/singer-songwriter category. ISC judges included Peter Gabriel, Rihanna, Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, Jeff Beck, Robbie Williams, McCoy Tyner, Kelly Clarkson and Train.
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