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This article was published 8/12/2014 (2347 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
AND HE SCORES! To everyone's shock and amazement, Winnipeg Jets head honcho Mark Chipman slipped onto the drummer's seat with Doc Walker at Club Regent Event Centre Thursday night. Who knew? He played the band's original song Driving With the Brakes On like a champ! Astonished people turned to each other saying, "He's really good!" and at the end they chanted, "Go Jets Go! Go Jets Go!"
Little-known fact: Chipman also played a song with Doc Walker at Kenora's Harbourfest last summer, replacing regular drummer Steve Broadhurst. The secret link? "Steve's given him a few lessons, although he doesn't really need them," says Doc Walker's vocalist-guitarist Chris Thorsteinson. "He's a great guy, a talented drummer and one of the classiest guys I know."
OH, THAT BRAID AGAIN! Robert Falcon Ouellette, who threw his hat in with the federal Liberals last week, confesses his wife, Catherine Cantin, braids his perfect plait every morning. "She's always telling me to get up earlier so I have time to do my own braid, but I don't seem to do it," he says with a mischievous grin. Cantin's very busy in the morning herself, dealing with their five kids from age two to tweens, plus seeing hubby off to the University of Manitoba where he's director of aboriginal focus programs.
YIKES, GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY: Six of Winnipeg's top-ranking comics entertain at the Park Theatre Saturday. This event, in its fifth year, is sure to be sold out. "This is the show local comics strive to be in, " says comedian Jared Story, the show's host, who will also perform that night. "Lots of times, in clubs and bars, people are talking and drinking. This is a theatre show on a big stage, and people have paid to be there and are listening attentively."
So who made the lineup? John Duff, the 40-something curmudgeon who kicks young comics' butts at the Cavern's Sunday night open-mikes, helping them hone their skills (talk about making yourself vulnerable); Tyler Penner, who just won Rumor's Comedy Club's Funniest Person With a Day Job contest; regular Rumor's host Ben Walker; and Amber Daniels and Dan Goldberg, who do standup and produce comedy spots online. The show starts at 9 p.m., but the bar opens at 7:30 p.m. for those who want to practise. Tickets are $10 at Music Trader at ticketfly.com.
THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! Skiing and snowboarding has kicked off early at Holiday Mountain in LaRiviere. "Stars aligned with the right weather, the crew and great snow making," says general manager Bernice Later. "To make quality snow, we need -10 C. The water below the ice in the river nearby is about seven degrees now, and that's fantastic for snow-making. The colder the water, the better the snow forms." They have multiple runs open and several lifts, including the chair lifts and the Carpet -- a moving sidewalk up to the bunny run.
"We also rebuilt the A-frames (motel units), and they are gorgeous,"
Don't worry, if your bankroll is slim -- the skiers' digs laughingly called "the Mountain Inn," consisting of a queen-sized bed in a room, still exists for those on a tight budget. Call 204-242-2172 for info. Now look at the video cams at holidaymountain.com to see the snowy hills for yourself.
GRAB THAT BRASS RING: Winnipeg singer/songwriter Romi Mayes has been given a chance to produce an album in the famous Arlyn Studios in Austin, Texas in a portion of the Austin Opera House where the likes of Bonnie Raitt and Willie Nelson have recorded. And producer Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar believes in her and wants to give her a chance. The price tag? $46,000 all in, counting getting the album out there and possibly making her famous beyond her wildest dreams.
The single mom of a 14-year-old daughter didn't have that much money, so friends convinced her to try the modern Indiegogo online fundraising route where you ask your fans to back you with donations. She needs a minimum $33,000 to get the recording portion done and has about $30,000 raised with less than a week to go.
At the Grant & Wilton Coffee House, where she played recently, the outspoken singer blushed when she spoke of the money-raising effort -- how very Canadian of her! At the break, people were coming up with cash into their hands to buy CDs. Stay tuned next week on whether she makes her goal. The donation link can be found on romimayes.com.
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Maureen Scurfield writes the Miss Lonelyhearts advice column.