KAWAII CREPE NEWEST TASTE ON OSBORNE BLUE BOMBER GLENN JANUARY SET FOR SEASON
FASHIONS FOR AN EARLY SUMMER KURT WISCOMBE’S TATTOOS FOR THE INDIVIDUAL
A WINNIPEG LANDMARK: THE PALOMINO CLUB PARTIES ON FOR 22nd YEAR
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JESSIE FROM BIG BROTHER REALITY STAR TO WRESTLE WITH WINNIPEG’S WFX
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NEW MUSIC A month’s worth of live performances CD RELEASES 6 special albums to watch for in May THE PALOMINO CLUB Still going strong after 22 years THE WINDUPS Premier cover band rocks the city WINNIPEG ARTS Steel Magnolias a must see at MTC NEW MOVIES Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood steals the show MOVIES 10 best animated films ever TRACY SPIRIDAKOS Winnipeg-born actress gives advice JESSIE GODDERZ Reality TV star wrestles for Winnipeg’s
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Forks – it’s impossible not to be impressed with the energy at work and the enthusiasm of small business owners and their sparkling staffs. We owe so much too, to the volunteers that make our superb major festivals hum efficiently, and the organizers that selflessly take on the annual challenge to stage complex mega events. The Jazz Festival, the Fringe, the Folk Festival, Folklorama, Festival du Voyageur, the Comedy Festival and so many others happen because we have a strong tradition of cultural involvement in this city. Clubs, bistros, ethnic restaurants, sport venues, theatre, opera, dance, free concerts, all within a half-hours drive from anywhere in Winnipeg. How many cities can make such a lavish cultural buffet so easy to access. And who makes it all happen, with renewed inspiration every Spring -- that’s our mission at ONE magazine. --George Mitchell
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When summer came early this year, Winnipeg became even greater. Now the final piece of our lifestyle mosaic fell into place: the weather. Convertibles full of smiling faces graced our streets two months before their due date, and we walked at a slower pace in the stunning warmth of April, en route to our wealth of entertainment destinations. And what a treasure we have. It’s been said thousands of times, but bears repeating, because we have a lifestyle of our own making unique to a city our size. Our job at ONE magazine is to reveal the people behind this urban cultural feast, those that seem to exponentially grow in number every year. We want to lift the curtain of anonymity and put names to our emerging artists, musicians, athletes, to elevate their profile as encouragement to others in the wings. And to those that start new lifestyle enterprises, thanks for making our choice more rich and pleasurably dense. Stroll The Exchange, Osborne North and South, Corydon, Academy, The
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LIVE MUSIC PREVIEW FOR MAY & JUNE
BY: NICHOLAS FRIESEN
MAY 10TH AT THE PYRAMID
MAY 27TH AT THE PYRAMID
Montreal’s dreamiest collective Stars will debut material from its forthcoming album The Five Ghosts (out June 22) at the Pyramid Cabaret on May 10. The duelling vocals of my Millan and Torquil Campbell make for beautiful mood music, so grab that guy or gal you’ve been crushing on and sway to the pop pop perfection of Stars ($29 advance).
Kenyan born/Ontario raised rapper Shad brings his refreshing and exciting brand of hip-hop to the Pyramid Cabaret on May 27. He will be performing songs from his new record TSOL, the follow up to his Juno and Polaris Prize nominated disc The Old Prince. Tickets are $12 in advance/$15 at the door.
Influential rap group Public Enemy will show you just how relevant they still are when the classic line-up of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, DJ Lord and the S1ws perform at the Burton Cummings Theatre on May 21. To chant “Fight the Power” alongside them, it will cost you $47.75.
Toronto’s Born Ruffians bring their quirky tunes to the wonderful West End Cultural Centre on June 14. One of the many young acts to emulate the Talking Heads, this trio makes a big sound of their own when witnessed live. Along for the ride is Hamilton’s Young Rival. A scrappier little brother to Born Ruffians, the trio will be playing songs from its debut, self-titled full length. Tickets are only $12.
MAY 21ST AT THE BURRTON CUMMINGS THEATRE
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JUNE 14TH AT THE PYRAMID
JUNE 15TH AT THE PARK THEATRE
If you enjoyed Australia’s An Horse opening for Tegan & Sara in January, then you have a chance to shimmy along to the duo once more on June 15 at the Park Theatre. Like The Inbreds and Duotang before them, this duo makes full, brilliantly dirty pop music. When experienced live, your ears are left ringing and your cheeks hurt from smiling. Winnipeg indie supergroup Les Jupes open the show.
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6 albums set for May release by Nicholas Friesen
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE
THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
Winnipeg’s Boats put out one of the greatest long-awaited debut albums that any local act could with Intercontinental Champion in 2007. How does Mat Klachefsky & Co follow it up? By delivering more of the same witty lyrics, layered hooks and crisp production (courtesy of fellow Boat Ryan McVeigh). Boats’ brand of infectious indie pop is peppered with Klachefsky’s trademark high vocals and sing along choruses. Cannonballs, Cannonballs should set the Superchunk meets Arcade Fire comparisons to rest, as it ﬁrmly establishes Boats as their own band with a completely unique sound – someday soon other bands will be compared to this record.
For it’s ﬁrst official record in ﬁve years (if you don’t count Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning’s solo outings) BSS have switched things up considerably. Producer Dave Newfeld sits this one out, as the band apparently felt the production and sessions of the 2005 self-titled album were a “muddy confusion.” Enter John McEntire (Tortoise), who gives new life to the collective. He unleashes a baroque pop element that compliments the dreamlike wonder of the songs. Additionally, live vocalist Lisa Lobsinger makes her recorded debut with the band, delivering an effortless lead on “All To All” – rivalling Emily Haines, Feist and Amy Millan’s work on past records.
Ex-Zumpano frontman Carl Newman returns with all of his old friends (and a few new ones). In addition to Neko Case, Dan Bejar etc, the Pornos have members of Beirut, St. Vincent, The Dap-Kings and Okkervil River make contributions to their ﬁfth record. Newest member Kathryn Calder’s vocals paled in comparison to Case’s on 2007’s Challengers, but since quitting her day job in Immaculate Machine she seems to have stepped up her game, as evidenced on “Crash Years.” Overall, the twelve song disc is a more upbeat offering than the lacklustre Challengers (and the three Dan Bejar songs are always the best).
For over a decade now, The National has been putting out moody rock odysseys. Lead by Matt Berninger (whose voice is often and rightfully compared to Ian Curtis) the band has once again co-produced this album with long time friend Peter Katis (Interpol). Through some bands, this melodic/dark sound may come off as contrived and impersonal, while The National delivers heartbreaking and grandiose anthems. “Terrible Love” builds and swells like a modern romance - equivalent to meeting that perfect someone in your thirties when you’ve been married since your twenties. This is a band you can grow with.
Oh, James Murphy. You always say you’re going to quit making records and then BAM -you deliver another brilliant collection of songs that are equally danceable, rockable and socially relevant. In the studio, Murphy is LCD Soundsystem and his intentionally warbled vocal delivery lays over tracks such as “All I Want” and “Dance Yrself Clean.” Lead single “Drunk Girls” is the little brother of “North American Scum” – telling off fans that get the message wrong. LCD Soundsystem is lyrically a satire on dance music and the culture that bread it. If this is Murphy’s last turn as LCD, it is a ﬁne one.
After three albums in as many years fronting political pop act Consumer Goods, Shipley was involved in a three month strike at the Toronto University he teaches at. The event resulted in the banjo and ﬁddle based protest record that is insanely good. Not silly in the least, the politics are always personal with Shipley. He delivers a beautiful performance on “A Woman In The Strike,” though the real treat here is “Step The F--- Off, Tyler Shipley,” a tune that is the both self loathing and relevant. Listen for guests such as Susanna Weins & Matt McLennan (Use Every Part of the Deer) and Greg MacPherson.
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FORGIVENESS ROCK RECORD (ARTS & CRAFTS )
THIS IS HAPPENING
DAY & AGE
for 22 years
EVERY WINNIPEGGER HAS MADE THE SCENE AT CARY PAUL’S STILL-GOING-STRONG NIGHTSPOT by Aaron W. Graham photography by Mike Latschislaw
ounded in 1989, The Palomino Club touts itself as being World Famous, and that’s not an exaggeration. Everybody who has ever spent time at 1133 Portage Avenue surely has a Palomino story of one stripe or another. It’s embedded in every solitary Winnipegger to trek there at least once after they’ve turned the appropriate age. And since Cary Paul, original owner and still overseer of all things Pal, prefers to keep his bar as close to its original atmosphere as possible, you can be certain that this countrified
locale will remain the same whenever you return for a visit. Originally from Winnipeg, businessman Cary owned a number of restaurants in Calgary before moving back here for good in 1984 and establishing a club called Blue Jeans. Noticing a distinct lack of country bars on Portage, Paul decidedly bucked the
clubs in every city changing their M.O. to country and cashing in, but fortunately, we were ahead of the game. We brought in Trisha Yearwood, Travis Tritt, Lee Greenwood, and Brooks & Dunn. Even John Candy, when he co-owned the Toronto Argonauts with Wayne Gretzky, would show up 5-6 times a year.” Paul believes that the bar’s longevity is due to its recognizable clientele and extra comfy feeling whenever you stroll through the doors. “It’s almost like a roadhouse – large enough but small enough to give you that homey feeling. We really haven’t changed much in 22 years – wood and neon has always created that rec-roomy feeling. And we’ve designed
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trend and set up shop. “I have to say it took a good six months to get it going through club advertising. But once people saw what we had, and rockers suddenly began converting to country, we became a popular spot. “At the time, there was a plethora of
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it that way purposely. Of course, we’ve done maintenance, changed colours and bought new furniture, but for the most part, it’s all the same. The only thing that’s changed has been the music. We’ve adapted to changing genres.” It’s true: even though in its current incarnation the bar retains most of its country charms in its design, The Palomino was once only known for
far from being the most popular. When it finally did take off, we were already well entrenched. We still play it [country], but have since added classic rock and top 40 pop. “It’s like Donny & Marie Osmond: We’ve always been a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll.” Paul’s also quick to credit his dedicated staff for the bar’s successes. “60 percent have been with me these past 15–22 years. Whenever a customer walks in, they’re automatically known. A single woman walks in, but she doesn’t have to be concerned: everybody knows everybody else. The bartenders know your drinks and camaraderie is established.”
Sixty percent of staff have been with Palamino for over 15 years playing one type of music. The bar’ssince shifted and dipped its toes into different waters. Paul continues, “When we first opened our doors, we went with country, even though it was
ccording to Cary Paul, you don’t know who you’ll find on any given night. “The Palomino’s for any one that just wants to have fun. Single men or women looking for dates, married women coming out for a Girl’s Night Out, bigwig businessmen arriving in limos, 18-year-olds who know this is the place to be. Everybody comes back on a regular basis, even though they may try out other bars. “We get regulars for a long time, but then they’ll disappear after they get married. Five years later they’re back after a divorce,” laughs Paul. One thing is for certain, Paul understands that you can’t only market toward people in their early twenties. “We don’t cater just for the young, even though Monday night – since about 9 years ago – is something of a hip-hop night. That’s become our tradition. It’s stuck. Paul understands that the bar’s overall attitude is a major component. As is The continued page16 15 continued on on page ONE MAGAZINE | APRIL| 2010 | 13
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Palomino’s prime spot on Portage Avenue. “It’s a great location and we’re not pretentious about anything. Nobody’s checking your credit card limit and you don’t need to be wearing an Armani suit– but if you have one on, you won’t feel uncomfortable, you know? And there’s tons of parking.” “There are 40-year-old women with 25-year-old guys and vice versa. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing work clothes or a suit, or whether you’re a beautiful woman or not. It doesn’t matter – everybody’s mixing and having a great time.” It’s no wonder that The Palomino’s been named the Best Club in Winnipeg in Westjet in-flight magazine for three years in a row.
The Pal’s clientele differs wildly, but Paul has noticed quite a few in health care and law enforcement professions. “We get an awful lot of EMS, off-duty policemen, paramedics, firefighters, you name it. We get a lot of those kinds of people, and a lot of women and – sure, they’re not all young – but it’s a healthy mixture of everybody.” Open every day of the week, The Pal specializes in some truly out-there weekly events, with extended Happy Hours on Monday, a Best Tan Line Weekly Contest on Tuesday, and Ladies’ Night Thursday with the chance for a lucky few to win up to $1000 in cash. “We’ve always got something going on. We have our famed Booty Shake Mondays, and they’ve been a big hit.” In the end, Paul thinks The Pal has a many great years left. The reasoning is as simple as having something for everyone, and doing all he can to ensure everyone has a wonderful time. “We appeal to people all over the world, from ages 18 to 60. That’s the
PALOMINO’S ROADHOUSE ATMOSPHERE has been a major draw.
Recognizable clientele and comfy feeling help explain bar’s exceptional longevity key. I’d say we have the largest diverse demographic of any club in the city. It’s just a homegrown tradition here in Winnipeg.” ONE
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Locall theatre h troupe Theatre Th by the River presents by Judith Habitat Thompson. The play runs until May 8 at Aqua Books (274 Garry Street) and delves into the seedy underbelly of … suburbia. The troupe has had much success in years past, be it with their fantastic Fringe Festival performances or shows such as Saint Joan and The Bush-Ladies: In Their Own Words, this is a show not to miss. Tickets are a steal at $15 ($10 for students/seniors) as this is truly some of the finest local talent Winnipeg has to offer.
improv queen RobYn Slade (of comedy troupe Outside Joke) among many others. The WSO heats up their 2010/11 season with the Classical Mystery Tour on May 7 & 8 at 8pm with a 2pm showing on May 9. If you adore the Beatles (and really, who doesn’t?) then you’d be a fool to miss original Broadway Beatlemania members performance hits from the full Beatle catalogue. The kicker is that they are enhanced by the orchestra, giving the tunes a new, lush life. Another unique offering from the WSO is Haruka Rounding out this season at Fujii’s performance of Tan MTC is Robert Harling’s Dun’s paper only Steel Magnolias (running percussion show. That’s until May 15). The touching right – not only is the show and hilarious tale of six visually stunning, but but bu southern women in a beauty everything is played on on salon stars Cindy Williams PAPER AP 5 at (May14,15 (American Graffiti) and local 8pm). 8p 8p
B h Sycamore S h Between the has been a work in progress since early 2009, but Brent Lott’s collaboration with the Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers will finally make its full length debut at the Rachel Browne Theatre, May 5-8 at 8pm (with a 3pm show on the 9). The show delves deep into the human condition, our place in reality and visually focuses on Egyptian mythology and the insect world.
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'takes you for a ride'
Sushi affiandos swoon over restaurant’s unique fusion of global flavours WASABI SABI’S SPACIOUS RIVER HEIGHTS LOCATION features sophisticated design and impossibly high ceilings.
by Sophia Sweatman photography by Mike Latschislaw hat do Renee Zellweger, Robin Williams, Wasabi Sabi serves “New School Sushi,” the fusion of Dennis Quaid, Girlicious and the cast of different global flavours. Venevongsa’s partner, William Jersey Shore have in common? These Wong, explains: “Traditional Japanese dishes are a little bit visiting celebrities have simpler in terms of flavours, but our all shared the delecrestaurant expands on the basics with table experience of dining at a Winnimany different flavours in every bite.” peg Wasabi restaurant – they know Venevongsa and Wong, both of whom Co-executive chefs where to go for good sushi! With three manage and cook at the restaurants, “and Venevongsa and to choose from, many local foodies have everything else in between,” make Wong fuse Latin with their favourite. Some love the cozy freshness, quality, creativity and service atmosphere at the Wasabi on Broadway, their priority. Venevongsa fell in love with Asian, Japanese with the busy younger crew gravitate down cooking and crafting sushi in his high Mexican and more to the Wasabi Sushi Bistro on Osborne school years, deciding to enter the food and the metropolitan crowd tend to industry because he had “always wanted to frequent the chic latest addition, Wasabi create a restaurant that is different with Sabi, at the corner of Taylor and Waverley. high quality foods and [a] friendly atmosphere for everyone The River Heights location, which opened in 2008, to enjoy.” Wong learned the art of cooking from his greatimpresses the moment you walk in, with its impossibly high grandfather, grandfather and father – who all ran restaurants ceilings, subtle sophisticated design and contemporary open as well! kitchen. Diners can select either the sleek lounge, the EXCLUSIVE ETHNIC BLENDS alluring two-level dining room or the ultimate sushi experience at the Chef’s Table, where co-executive chef Cho The two business partners rely on word of mouth to Venevongsa promises “to take you for a ride.” 20 | ONE MAGAZINE | MAY | 2010
Original cocktails, 17 market their innovative kinds of martinis, style. With so many and 20 types of saki Winnipeggers familiar with the Wasabi name, it’s unsurprising that Wasabi Sabi met with success almost at once. The great reviews didn’t hurt either. Continuously named by Uptown magazine as the best sushi restaurant in the city, Wasabi’s blend of different ethnic flavours is a constant draw for sushi aficionados. Dishes such as Seafood Ceviche, which incorporates Latin American and Asian techniques, and Tuna Nachos, which integrates Japanese ingredients with Mexican, create unique taste experiences not available at other sushi restaurants. Other enticements include the Tuna Carpaccio (marinated red tuna with wasabi cream sauce, organic greens and tongarashi sprinkles) and the Mahalo Roll (steamed shrimp, pineapple and mango, wrapped in a soy crepe, topped with Canadian albacore tuna and drizzled with chilli lime sauce and seaweed powder sprinkles). The Candied Cashew Chicken (grilled free range chicken breast with a crushed cashew crust and served with WASABI SABI’S “NEW SCHOOL SUSHI” fuses flavours from a variety of ethnic traditions.
Sushi for the Uninitiated
entative about sampling sushi? Uneasy with the idea of consuming raw fish? Wasabi owners William Wong and Cho Venevongsa assure us that their staff are exceptionally knowledgeable and have a knack for matching dishes to guests’ tastes. Although according to Wong, raw fish actually tastes better than cooked, there are plenty of cooked items on the menu. Wong suggests checking out Wasabi Sabi’s new grilled New Zealand lamb chop, ginger-marinated, served with zucchini, and tossed in a wasabi-infused oil. Another excellent choice is Wasabi’s Wagyu – genuine Japanese imported Kobe beef, which Wong and Venevongsa guarantee is “the real deal.” For some, the concern is based on the perception that raw fish poses a health risk. But sushi is actually safe if frozen and then thawed. Wasabi’s fish is frozen at -35°C and stored at -20°C for 24 hours, sufficient for killing parasites. Some salt water fish can be eaten fresh if served immediately. For those who are giving raw a first-go, Wong and Venevongsa advise salmon and tuna as the easiest starting point. They recommend the Sushi Tortilla (fresh salmon and tuna, avocado, tomatoes, micro arugula, cilantro and jalapeno on a crispy tortilla – yum!). Chef’s tip: “Use a little bit of wasabi (Japanese horseradish) in the soy sauce and use as a dipping sauce for all your sushi.”
marinated shiitake mushrooms and tamarind lime sauce) and the Chef’s Table’s Chilli Lime Scallops (with grilled Hokkaido, micro arugula and curry infused oil) are exclusive to the Taylor location.
COSMOPOLITAN MIXOLOGY Following through with their cosmopolitan style in the mixology department, the Wasabi drink menu is full of ONE MAGAZINE | MAY| 2010 | 21
COSMPOLITAN STYLE THROUGHOUT – from decor to food and exotic mixed drinks.
original cocktails and martinis and a wide selection of international beer and wine (stored in a temperaturecontrolled wine cellar). Their signature martini, Wasabitini, (gin, Sake and plum wine) is only one of seventeen offerings on the martini menu. Others boast exotic names like Sashimi Snow Kitten, Purple and Hpnotiqtini. The cocktail menu includes the Wasabi Caesar (which substitutes wasabi for Tabasco!) and Smoked Heather (scotch, Grand Marnier, heather and apple juice). Guests can also order twenty different types of Sake.
Diners choice -- the sleek lounge, the alluring two-level dining room or the ultimate: the Chef ’s Table
Featured in Karen Dubrofsky’s Cooking with Canada’s Best, reservations at the popular restaurant are definitely advised – especially if you are planning to propose which seems to happen frequently. Recently, a patron popped the question with the help of staff who served the ring on the dessert platter. Weekly standing reservations are not uncommon, “Some customers want us to surprise them every time with one dish, some never look at the menu and just say Will or Cho, please bring it on!” 22 | ONE MAGAZINE | MAY | 2010
When queried as to the key to their success, Wong credits “hard work, commitment, a good staff and a good team.”
Shall We Sushi: wasabi@home Available for in-house catering, Wasabi Sabi chefs will come to your home and create sushi on location. One chef and one server cater a typical party of 8, although staffing can be tailored to clients’ needs. Multiple stations (oyster, sushi, barbeque and bar) can be set up or a sushi class can be presented before dinner is served. Prices depend on food and service required. Incidentally, cast and crew of Shall We Dance were treated to wasabi@set. (P.S. J.Lo does not like wasabi in her sushi).
by David Schmeichel photography by Mike Latschislaw
KAWAII CREPE ON OSBORNE SERVES UP CRISP JAPANESE-SYTLE CREPES -- FROM COMFORT FOOD TO EXTREME CUISINE
t's French cuisine, served Japanese style — with a soupçon of street-vendor panache. And the mouthwatering results herald the arrival of a brand new player on this city's grab-and-go snacking scene. They're the sometimes sweet, sometimes savoury confections that comprise the menu at Kawaii Crêpe, a suitably funky addition to the Osborne Village chow line, and something of a trailblazer in the realm of super-thin pancakes. Oh sure, Winnipeggers aren't exactly strangers to crêpes, the sugar-infused pancake varietal that's long been a hit at breakfast and brunch buffets. But the newly-opened Kawaii Crêpe (located at 201-99 Osborne Street, directly across from American Apparel) marks our first chance to sample the slightly crispier version that's for years been all the rage in Japan, where street-side crepe kiosks are stocked with all manner of off-the-wall ingredient combos. "My wife has always done a lot of traveling overseas," says Kawaii co-owner Phil Lam, whose wife and business partner Candy Lam also runs Osborne Village fashion boutique Para Mix. "In Japan, there are all these crêpe stands in the street. And every time we go there, we've tried it out and loved it. So we thought, 'Why not bring it here?'" The couple's plans for the new eatery actually go back more
CANDY LAM AND HUSBAND PHIL LAM have made a success of their Osborne location
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than six years, pre-dating even the launch of Para Mix, which opened its doors in 2004. But as Phil explains, location is everything to the Lams, so it wasn't until a prime piece of real estate opened up (namely, the spacious storefront once occupied by Wasabi at Home), that they felt comfortable making those plans a reality. "We already had one business here," Phil says in reference to Para Mix, which is conveniently located just a stone's throw from Kawaii Crêpe. "Plus we live in Osborne Village. We love
Winnipeg’s first chance to sample the crispier version that's been all the rage in Japan the vibe here — we think it's the best part of Winnipeg. It's the most densely populated neighbourhood, and it's got the most variety in terms of the people who live here." Once they'd secured a location, the Lams joined with business partner (and fellow fashionista) Erin Kroeker, and set to work brainstorming a menu befitting their favourite neighbourhood. They drew inspiration not only from the fashionforward Village crowd, but also from the wildly eclectic crêpe combos that are available overseas. "In Japan, you'll see a lot of dessert crêpes, but also a lot of really exotic fillings," says Phil. "Like at one stand, I tried a spaghetti with potato salad crêpe ... it wasn't bad, but it got messy pretty fast." As it stands now, Kawaii Crêpe's menu is a mix of comfort food and extreme cuisine, with all entries divided into Sweet and Savoury options. On the Sweet side, you'll find plenty of standard dessert fixings (peanut butter and banana, brown sugar and cinnamon), plus a raft of more complex creations like the Stewy Rooey (rhubarb crisp and ice cream), the It's-a-Smore (marshmallows, graham wafers and Nutella spread), or the Sweet Tooth (ice cream, Nutella, whipped cream, strawberries and chocolate syrup). But things really get interesting over on the Savoury side, where options range from the cheeky (the Hit Me Baby One More Thai, stuffed with chicken, fresh veggies and green curry sauce) to the sublime (both the Ninja Crêpe, made of grilled chicken breast, cilantro, red peppers and peanut sauce;
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and The Hurricane, a palate-pleasing mix of asparagus and mushroom-dill sauce). Oh, and if the pizza-, Tex-Mex- and even breakfast-inspired options aren't to your liking, you can always create your own crêpe using toppings from either the Sweet or Savoury lists. Great importance is placed on presentation, however, so you're free to hang around the counter while your order is prepared. (Take it from us: There's a very Zen-like quality to the whole crêpe-making process, which requires batter to be spread — slowly and methodically — over a circular grill until it's just the right consistency.) In the future, new menu items will be
There's a very Zenlike quality to the whole crêpemaking process added every couple of months, among them an Argentine-modelled wrap — stuffed with roast beef, hard-boiled egg, spinach and chimichurri sauce — that should be on the menu by the time this story goes to print. There are also plans to delve into the catering market, though as Lam points out, he and his partners have already proven to be a big hit with actual diners, despite having only been open a matter of months. "It's been better than we could have anticipated," Phil says of both take-out and dine-in traffic at Kawaii. "I think it helps that we're not really similar to anything. There isn't another place like ours around right now." To check out Kawaii Crepe's full menu, see www.kawaiicrepe.com. ONE
ow that summer is finally in sight, we plan to increase our efforts to make the most of the weather — and with it, our demand for tasty take-out food that can be easily consumed out of doors. And in that regard, Kawaii Crepe has us covered, as all their menu items are served in easy-to-carry paper cones. But if you've got the time, you'd do well to soak up the atmosphere of the creperie's actual dine-in space, an eye-catching amalgam of modern minimalism and pop culture kitsch. Tables arranged near the east-facing windows make the most of the midday sun, while offering ample opportunity for peoplewatching (a time-honoured tradition in Osborne Village). And the gleaming white tables, retro swivel chairs and red vinyl banquettes are offset by a multi-coloured wall mural of giant orbs — inspired, perhaps, by the bubble tea on the menu, and depicted in Pop Art-appropriate shades of lemon yellow, cherry red and fuchsia. "We always knew we wanted something clean and minimalistic, but also with a lot of colour," says co-owner Phil Lam of the space. "It's great because during the day, we get a lot of families with little kids coming in, so they love it. But then at night, we've been getting a lot of the afterdinner crowd, too."
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ONE STYLE TOP DESTINATION FOR STYLE Salon and Spa
"Honestly, Vault has one of the strongest hairdressing teams I've ever worked with." So says John Graham, the "art director" and senior stylist at Vault Salon and Spa. Graham, who has seventeen years experience as a stylist, spent the majority of his career at Edward Carriere before leaving for Toronto to work and participate in Fashion Week. He eventually returned to Winnipeg to teach at Aveda—until the launching of Vault. Although it's now considered one of Winnipeg's premiere salons, Vault comes from a somewhat unlikely source: Daren Jorgenson. The entrepreneur behind the pharmaceuticalbased Jorgenson Group had a spur-of-the-moment urge to become involved in health and beauty, resulting in his not only purchasing Vault six years ago, but hiring a good portion of the current staff.
WAREHOUSE-SIZE HERITAGE SPACE The seven-thousand square foot salon (located at 100-52 Albert Street) is impressive at first glance: Preserved are the stone walls and hardwood floors we've come to associate with Exchange district Heritage buildings (of which it is one), essentially operating as something like a modernized loft. Gigantic, teal-colored molded ceilings add to its warehouse-style space (which will be expanding more by ART DIRECTOR JOHN GRAHAM year-end). A flatscreen TV hangs above the waiting area, and Top Stylist Danille Mandap. where you'll likely be offered coffee or tea by one of the many receptionists. In Graham's view, what sets Vault apart from some of by Chance Taylor Winnipeg's other salons is its massive range of stylists. "We photography by Mike Latschislaw have a very eclectic staff—in both age and style. Because of our diversity it really allows us to serve anybody and everyrobably the most commonly recurring intimate body." relationships we have are with our hairdressers. Those who've seen Chris Rock's expose "Good Hair," in Aside from the simple physical closeness we allow which the comedian details the complications of "ethnic" them—who else but lovers do we expect to run fingers hair, might balk at the suggestion that a Winnipeg salon through our hair?—they may also could be so confident. But you don't represent one of our culture's most necessarily have to take Graham's word: To stay at the top, Vault The past few years have seen Vault take lasting examples of person-to-person consumer patronage. In an age brings in a lot of outside home a number of beauty awards from where an increasing number of education, from Toronto, both Contessa and the Mirrors. people don't even have a doctor to (Individual stylists have won the Master Montreal, Vancouver call their own, we remain fiercely Elite Stylist, Texture Stylist, and loyal to the men and women who Multicultural Stylist awards, among cut our hair. others, while the salon itself has been a The fundamental draw remains the cut itself: How the frequent winner of the Manitoba trophy from Contessa.) shampooer handles our neck as they tilt our head back into COMMITTED TO STAFF TRAINING the sink; how clearly the stylist understands the image we have in our head, and how they finesse it into a real hairstyle While Graham is proud of the staff's achievements, he's we'll have no choice but to show the rest of the world until quick to point out it's a result of heavy training. "I oversee our next appointment. So it would seem self-evident that the company brand and image, but also the training of all when having our hair done we'd go to the best.
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style salon staff. Our company is really committed to being the best, and that means bringing in a lot of outside education—we bring in people from Toronto, Montreal… and we send our staff to Vancouver, Montreal, New York, L.A. and the Vidal Sassoon academy in Toronto, mainly for training. "I would say half of the stylists at Vault have been trained from scratch." Well, not quite scratch—each stylist has to finish hair school before they can begin to work at Vault, starting a two-year apprenticeship program prior to being released as full-fledged stylists.
‘ We have one of the strongest hairdressing teams I've ever worked with’ -- John Graham, art director and senior stylist There are currently nineteen stylists at Vault, a legion of staff that results in the salon often being tapped for largescale hair work like weddings. "Because of our high volume of staff we can service a complete wedding party and large entourage relatively quickly." Vault also has collaborative relations with makeup artists usually reserved for film and TV. Many of their stylists do a variety of editorial work, submitting entries for hair competitions, and working with Holt Renfrew shows and the Swish and Panache modeling agencies; the most immediately visible advertising work Vault is responsible for might be the Polo Park ad campaigns. Since their stylists vary in terms of age and experience-level, Vault offers hair services from as low as $35 to more senior-level cuts at around $65.
FULL SERVICE SPA But Vault isn't just hair. The massive second-floor is where its spa treatments are located, a winding path of rooms and hallways where you can find steam and Vichy rooms, and where you can even receive registered massage therapy. (And unlike some other spas, Vault offers direct billing for their massage work.) The range of service Vault offers is basically beyond description—your best bet is to visit their website, www.vaultsalonandspa.com, where you can not only get a detailed list of all treatments and services offered, but find staff bios, view competition entries, and even utilize their online appointment-booking tool. (Graham says customers like it because it cuts down on phone call wait times.) But making your appointment the old-fashioned way (9571100) works too—and either way, you'll get a reminder call back from one of the receptionists, who'll be waiting with a smile when you walk through the door. ONE
EXCLUSIVE LUXURY LINES Aside from the expertise offered by its staff, Vault also lays claim to some exclusive luxury product lines. They're the only salon in central Canada to feature the L'Oréal brand Kérastase. Graham describes the line as "very treatment-oriented," and says the Kérastase products work particularly well on heavily-processed hair. They also work at countering hair that's been damaged. "Some of the Kérastase treatments we use can address a variety of problematic scalps and hair." A part of L'Oréal's research division, L'Oréal Paris lists Kérastase as being available only in "the most prestigious salons."
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Latest short hairstyles for summer Matching your hairstyle to our super-hot summer means choosing bright colours and short styles. Red and blond are best selections to accent the season, and nothing beats a cute short hairstyle for easy maintenance and holiday fun. For 2010 the best short looks include the short bob, pixie, short shaggy messy, and short crop. Check the photos below for the cut that fits you best this summer.
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“From an artist’s point-of-view, they’re a great place for like-minded people to get together and see what everyone else is working on. It's a chance for people to get a design by an artist they wouldn't normally see. A lot of people collect artwork from many different artists. As for what goes on [at conventions], well, a lot of people getting tattooed!” says Wiscombe. When it comes right down to it, Wiscombe offers this simple piece of advice for any aspiring tattoo artists. “If you’re truly passionate about doing it, then you’ll find a way to pursue it.” Not content with th jus ustt a ta tatt ttoo oo sho hop, p, K Kur urtt an and d Al Alex began Skull and Boone ness Ga Gallllery in July 2009 to showcasee tthe heir i own fine art. “We built th he ga g llery as a place to housee th the many paintings we’ve creaate ted d and a place to unveil new ne w wo w rks. W en we create a Wh p inting, it’s a direct line pa from our minds to the artwork. It’s our personal voice speaking, whereaas with tattooing you hav avee a connection with the person receiving the tattoo. That person, of course, will usuallyy influence the design.
“Working on the human form is a lot different than working on a flat surface. There are many elements to consider with tattooing – body movement, working with curves, skin type – not to mention, the person sitting right there. When we paint, it’s usually a very solitary thing.” As for the future of Tattoos for the Individual, Wiscombe’s excited about some new developments. “After almost 14 years of just Alex and I, we’ve decided to add another artist: J. (Jay) Majury. He has similar interests and goals artwork-wise and we’re looking forward to working with him. He’ll being taking appointments now for the summer. Anyone who wants to see his work can just drop by the shop.”
Body art by Tattoos for the Individual
Original designs by Rebecca McCormack Cake Clothing, 264 McDermott Avenue, Winnipeg www.cakeclothing.com Photogaphy by Mike Latschislaw. Latsch Studios www.latschstudios.com
Adding Chic to the Exchange
by Emily Wood photography by Mike Latschislaw
HATS OFF TO OWNER LUKE NOLAN’S FLOURISHING SHOP
“We can pretty much fit anybody that comes in. We have one for everyone, even if they feel like they don't need one!”
which steadily grew – and became home for a good four years.
He’s talking about the enormous selection of hats at The Haberdashery, a local store specializing in caps, trilbies, fedoras – you name it, as well as nifty accessories to suit the style of any Winnipegger. Located in the heart of the creative hub of the Exchange District, owner Luke Nolan talks about his business growth through the city over the years, and success in a seemingly niche market.
Specializing in caps, trilbies, fedoras – you name it The Haberdashery has been in business for eight years, and though you may remember its colourful exterior on Corydon for several years, it actually all began in a little kiosk, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of St. Vital Mall. Luke Nolan had ventured into his own business from a background in accessories, and saw an opportunity for something he saw the city lacking. “I used to travel with an old job,” he says, “and there was nothing, or very little, available for people who wanted hats. I was passionate about the product, and really believed in it, so I gave it a shot to see what could happen.” Despite the dense traffic of the city’s second largest shopping centre, the atmosphere was – let’s face it, pretty commercial. Not quite a perfect fit for a hip, alternative accessories boutique. A move was made to the heart of Corydon village, on the closer end to Little Italy, where trendier crowds and the heavy foot traffic of long summer days filled the store with business,
INTO THE EXCHANGE Word spread through the grapevine, Facebook (where you can find Hats of the Day), and a near-regular spot on Breakfast Television. Now, The Haberdashery can be found on Albert Street, facing the vibrant and culturefilled Exchange – and business is flourishing. “I love it here,” says Luke, “I knew it was going to be hard; it’s a bigger space to fill – but I love the community, and people seem to really like what I’m doing.” As summer approaches, so does the city’s annual Fringe Festival – and it looks like it could be the store’s best year yet. With thousands of performances on its very doorstep, Albert Street will be packed with Winnipeggers and visitors, all able to find stylish headgear and unique accessories to impress the crowds. As well as hats, The Haberdashery also specializes in accessories, from snazzy bowties to belts, buckles, or scarves for any season. In the summer months, you’ll find a diverse array of sunglasses, too, and if you’re looking to make a statement with the ever-popular fedora, this is the place to go. And this place isn’t just for gents – there’s a wide variety for the ladies, too.
A ONE MAN SHOW From organising features to purchasing local and international stock, Luke’s endeavours have been run consistently as a one-man operation. Running your own niche boutique can be difficult – as seasons waver and temperatures fluctuate, certain times of year can be a little more difficult than others. But by adapting products along with the seasons, Luke is able to maintain year-round business, with only short
lulls in early spring and fall. In a city of winters colder and longer than a Best Buy line up on Boxing Day, there’s no shortage of options to keep the frostbite away, as well as ever-popular gift certificates before the holidays. In summer, Luke pulls from his background in sunglass sales and stocks up on shades, as well as a variety of other accessories to keep Winnipeg looking chic.
‘I was passionate about the product, so I gave it a shot’ The evolution of The Haberdashery, from humble beginnings to a bright and booming new locale, has been a journey of risks, dreams, growth, and learning experiences. For those looking to branch out into their own business, Luke advocates one thing: research. “It’s a tough game, without question,” he says, “so get as much advice as possible. Talk to other business owners, look for alternative ways of advertising. Get as much knowledge as you can.” Establishing and maintaining a one-man operation for nigh on a decade is no small feat, and it takes a variety of skills and creativity to sustain success. Fortunately for Luke, there’s no shortage of demand for fashion, and The Haberdashery is adding colour and style to the Exchange. Stop by at 84 Albert Street, or check out a catalogue of options online at "http://www.haberdashery.ca" www.haberdashery.ca. ONE
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UNIQUE & CHIC
new Exchange District store features more space and expanded lines of affordable exclusive furniture and home accessories
It was always a fun trip out—and being across the street from Ragpickers meant you could dash from one to the other comparing your finds. But when the store changed locations to its loftier space at 70 Albert Street, the concept of the business changed too—less rummage, more class.
MORE AIRY LAYOUT
The new Hoopers still exudes a certain antique chic, but now an emphasis on store design is evident. The layout of the shop is more airy, less cluttered. A general feel of minimalism, coupled with the giant windows facing Albert, gives the shop a seemingly perpetual tidiness. Strolling through the store the individual pieces now have a change to breathe—you can more easily imagine how they might look being used in a real-live living space.
CO-OWNER WARREN HOOPER-adding new lines to expanded store.
by Chance Taylor photography by Mike Latschislaw
he usual complaint about Winnipeg's retail scene is that it lacks for the big names that other cities take for granted. But the flip side of that apparent deficiency is that we've ended up with a solid list of high-quality independent retailers that provide a more individualized aesthetic from which to choose from. One of those businesses is the ever-steady Hoopers, which in the last few years has seen itself evolve from what was essentially a curio antique shop into a full-blown vintage showroom. To step into the old incarnation of Hoopers was to walk into your funny uncle's oversized walk-in closet. Records might sit beside some kitschy paperbacks; walk past the furniture bulking up the front of the store and you'd come to a back wall comprised primarily of second-hand leather jackets. 46 | ONE MAGAZINE | MAY | 2010
Hoopers has evolved from a curio antique shop into a full-blown vintage showroom Just what those pieces are has changed too. With what used to seem like an antique collector's rotating monthly display of curiosities, the new store deals most heavily with furnishings. And there's a definite sensibility with what the owners (Warren Hooper and Brian Burke) choose to feature. As opposed to the espresso shades that dominate megastores like EQ3 or Urban Barn, Hoopers tends toward lighter teak woods and subtly playful
color-printed upholstery. (The basic style is Scandinavian, but even when IKEA makes its mark on Winnipeg, Hoopers should remain strongthere's a more solid, hand-crafted feel to the furniture they sell.) The collection at the boutique is expansive, encompassing nesting tables, dressers, dining room sets, coffee tables, chairs, bookshelves, vanities, and even bed frames, with quirky little designs for every nook and cranny.
OTHER ELEMENTS OF STYLE Aside from furnishings, Hoopers completes its look with other lifestyle elements. You'll find a smattering of pillows on the sofas, vases on the tables, and jewelry at the front counter. The central section of the store is a selection of new tees and hoodies, with a small collection of vintage plaids, leathers, and track jackets. Womenswear makes up the majority of the window displays, with a slightly larger grouping of dresses and shoes against the far wall, next to some change rooms. You can feel free to wander through the store, as the staff don't make a habit of hounding their customers. Newcomers might not realize they're allowed to go in the basement—it's where a larger selection of vintage pieces are kept, and where the store previously featured a clothing collection assembled by a married couple. (They've since moved down the street into their own store, Vintage Glory.) Pricewise, you can expect to pay $250-500 at the shop for the average piece of furniture, which puts it in a relatively midlevel price range. Perhaps anticipating that to a younger clientele "midlevel" can sometimes mean the difference between buying something and not, the boutique also offers a layaway plan to make decorating your home slightly more affordable.
style Latest line: Lomography cameras NEW INFLUX OF FURNiTURE While the staff are always looking for new pieces, May will see a particularly interesting influx of furniture retrieved from an architect's Wellington Crescent estate. Comprised primarily of '60s and '70s period pieces, the collection also includes a handful of locally-produced commission items. And while the shop keeps heavily-stocked in Danish modern furnishings, Hooper says he's excited about some of the newer additions he'll be introducing to the store. "I was just in New York looking for accessories," he says, adding that he wants to start bringing in a larger selection of giftware and housewares. He's particularly happy with the New York design manufacturer Areaware, and says his next goal is to bring in a sizable collection of lighting. "It's really a response to the customers. They've been telling me there's no good place to find lighting in the city." He singles out a fold-up paper lamp he recently came across as a point of inspiration, and says he's fond of pendant lighting and bubble lamps of the kind made famous by designer George Nelson.
One of the most exciting introductions Hooper will be bringing to the store is Lomography. The Austrian company Lomographische AG discovered the Lomo LC-A camera, which was known for its charmingly accidental qualities like oversaturated colors and blurring, and essentially rebranded it in the '90s as a new artistic tool. (Consider the experimental filmmakers like Michael Almereyda who, in the '80s, used Fisher Price PixelVision.) Hooper is looking forward to introducing a collection of the cameras to the store, an appropriately analog addition to his world of vintage. As for the cameras: "They are practical and sensual, they look good, they're friendly, inexpensive, sexy, un-political, a tad intellectual (but not too highbrow)."
Furniture is priced at the mid-range level, including a layaway plan for its younger clientele Hoopers is also putting the finishing touches on their new website (www.shophoopers.ca) which allows you to view new items as they come in. Hooper says he wants to figure out the best shipping options before they launch their online shopping cart, so for now if you're looking for vintage furniture you should stop by the shop and experience the showroom in all its glory. ONE
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Photographic alchemy WILLIAM EAKIN TURNS JUNK INTO ART by Sandee Moore photography by Mike Latschislaw
here's collectors, and there's everyone else,” photographer William Eakin declares. “People used to think I collect everything; they're not collectors.” Collecting isn't a hobby for Eakin but an integral part of his art-making process. “The collection starts when I discern a pattern,” he explains. Eakin then investigates the object through his camera. “I just make as many [photos] as I can until it stops.” Eakin's output is prodigious – he has produced over one hundred thousand photographs in only two years. “What is important to me is numbers. Why stop at twelve when you can have twelve hundred?” With this attitude, it's easy to see why many of Eakin's collections are stored in a shipping container parked beside his studio. His collections include: alien-themed kitsch, ceramic Mao nicknacks, old bottle caps, cookie tins and discarded trophies. They all might be considered ephemera – items of no lasting significance. “Part of my practice,” he explains, “is to take something on its way to the landfill and to add value to it.” Value is added through the photographic process; Eakin is an alchemist who turns junk into art. “I understood that it wasn't enough to photograph the object, because you could just show the object. I had to animate it through the photograph.” Eakin's photographic process is one of continual invention. He has constructed cameras from cardboard boxes to create an endless field of focus and vignette effect and used short focal lengths and oblique angles to distort his subjects. Currently he is using a digital camera he altered himself, replacing the
lens with a flat cap of copper pierced with a tiny pin prick. Eakin's home-made digital pin hole camera cleverly compresses the earliest photographic technique with the most current technology. Some people might claim to have been making art their whole lives; in Eakin's case, this is very nearly accurate. He became a photographer at the age of five, when he asked his parents for a camera and, miraculously, received one. Now, at fifty-seven, he has just received the Manitoba Arts Council's Arts Award of Distinction, which is awarded to recognize the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievements by a professional Manitoba artist. On his recent award, Eakin muses that it means something different to each recipient. “Some artists might consider it the cap stone.” Eakin himself is thrilled with the recognition, rare in an artists' career, but passionately declares, “I still have decades of work left in me. I'll be damned if someone's going to tell me that I'm old and my best work is behind me. I still want to make art. How great is that?!” The only downside to success is that Eakin is, he claims, running out of places to show. Winnipeggers will have the opportunity to view his work in through the eye of a needle until May 1 at aceartinc (290 McDermot Avenue); he has a solo exhibition at Stephen Bueger Gallery, Toronto, in June. ONE
‘Part of my practice is to take something on its way to the landfill and to add value to it.’
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COMING SOON by Amana Stefaniuk
Iron Man 2
SShrek Forever After
Memorial Day weekend used to be Hollywood’s unofficial kick-off to the summer blockbuster season, but with the highly anticipated sequel to Iron Man arriving in early May, it’s clear that the big budget action ﬂicks are starting even earlier this year. Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire Tony Stark, who uses his spare time to masquerade as the heavily armoured superhero Iron Man. With his secret identity now public knowledge, Stark must keep his creation out of the hands of the U.S. government, for fear it might eventually be used for evil. Aiding him at every turn is Gwyneth Paltrow as Stark’s right hand gal Pepper Potts, and Don Cheadle, replacing Terrance Howard in the role of Rhodey. Watch for Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko, a villain who holds a grudge against the Stark clan, and new ally Samuel L. Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury. Iron Man 2 promises to be a much more ambitious, explosive adaptation of the Marvel comic book than its predecessor.
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Director Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe team up for the ﬁfth time in this retelling of the famous legend – and this time, tights have been strictly outlawed. In 12th century England, Sir Robin Longstride must battle the tyrannical Sheriff of Nottingham (Matthew Macfadyen) for the rights of the downtrodden citizens and for hand of the fair Marian (Cate Blanchett). Despite the numerous ﬁlms already made about the Sherwood Forest gang (including 1991’s Kevin Costner box-office bonanza Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), this version promises to be one of the most period accurate. Crowe spent months researching every aspect of the character, even cramming in training sessions to use Robin’s trademarked bow and arrow ﬂawlessly. The meticulous actor was determined to make this the best version of the story possible yet, even down to the medieval costume. After its upcoming premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, look for it in theatres in May.
The fourth entry in the popular animated Shrek series ﬁnds the newly domesticated ogre nostalgic for the good ol’ days when he spent his time frightening the local villagers. The big green guy, voiced once again by Mike Myers, gets more than he wished for when he strikes up a deal with Rumpelstiltskin to get a day off from his life. He’s forced to live in a bizarre, alternate universe where ogres are hated, and he and Princes Fiona (Cameron Diaz) have never met. Eddie Murphy reprises his role as Donkey, who, in this alternate version of Far Far Away, is a stuffy intellectual with no use for his former friend. Mad Men’s Jon Hamm even joins in on the fun, voicing the character Brogan. Purportedly the last entry in the series, Shrek Forever After will also be released in 3-D. Will the bombastic green one still enthrall audiences? We’ll ﬁnd out in May.
May/June JUNE 11
Knight and Day
The peerless 80s high-octane action series gets a reboot by director Joe Carnahan (Smokin Aces) in this highly anticipated summer all-star release. With Liam Neeson as Hannibal, Bradley Cooper as Faceman, and former UFC ﬁghter Quinton "Rampage" Jackson stepping into the role Mr. T made famous, the cheese factor of the TV series will undoubtedly be substituted for a more modernistic and grittier reality. Much like the show, Captain H.M. Murdock (Sharlto Copley) is on hand to help the three former United States soldiers clear their names after being arrested for a crime they didn’t commit. With some former cast members making guest appearances, 20th Century Fox is hoping to please old fans as well as attract new ones to their potential franchise. Fun fact time: The A-Team’s still enormously popular in Germany (they even got the show on DVD before North America), so don’t be surprised if records are unanimously shattered overseas.
Leave your mind at the door of this Warner Bros. adaptation of the DC Comics western hero, personiﬁed here by Josh Brolin. He plays an ex confederate soldier / bounty hunter hired to track down arch-villain Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich). Providing sultry sex appeal is Megan Fox (without a Transformers ﬁlm this year, this will be your only big-screen opportunity to see her in action), and a truly strange supporting cast comprised of Will Arnett, Michael Shannon and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) as Quentin’s diabolical right-hand man. With an untested director behind it (Jimmy Hayward, an animator on the likes of Toy Story, Robots and Horton Hears a Who!), who knows what the end result may be. But one thing’s for sure – as it’s penned by screenwriters Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (the Crank series) -- look forward to a truly mind-bending, in-your-face crackerjack experience.
Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz team up for the ﬁrst time since 2001’s Vanilla Sky in this actioncomedy about a blind date that takes a turn for the worse when unknown assailants make their potentially harmful presence known. Ripping a page from 1979’s The In-Laws, the movie asks the question: Is Tom Cruise really a secret government agent, or is he just crazy? (In the movie, not in real life.) The pun-heavy trailer promises that it’s Cruise’s ﬁrst action role since 2006’s lackluster Mission Impossible 3, but with the subsequent years of unsavory press, a lot is riding on its success. Like Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder, Cruise is defusing his poor public image with another round of comedy. With James Mangold (Walk The Line) at the helm, chances are good that Knight and Day will win over supporters with its oppositeattract light romance and moments of precariously-performed stunt work.
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opby Amanda 10 ANIMATED MOVIES Stefaniuk In anticipation of Plastic Paper Winnipeg’s Festival of Animation, Illustrated and Puppet Film showing scheduled for May 5 – 9 at The Park Theatre, here’s a list of 10 must-see films in the genre.
1 Snow White and The Th Seven Dwarfs. 1937 Walt Disney’s first animated feature set the bar for all those to come. It’s fairytale perfection nearly 75 years later.
2 Pinocchio. 1940 The classic tale of the puppet who wanted to become a real boy was Disney’s second successful turn at bat. Rewatching it as an adult, it’s incredible to note that some of the sequences, notably the transformation of the naughty boys into donkeys, are still scary.
6 The Nightmare Befo Before Ch i Christmas. 1993 It took director Henry Selick years of working with stop motion to bring Tim Burton’s story of Jack Skellington to life. With its dark edge, the film continues to grow in popularity every year.
Toy Story. 1995 A i l capturing i that h Actively part of childhood where a toy can be treated like a best friend, Pixar’s first computer animated feature is still one of its best. Like The Godfather series, some consider part two the better movie; let’s hope the upcoming 3D sequel keeps up the excellence.
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3 The Man Called Flintstone. 1966 Everyone’s favourite caveman goes James Bond in Hanna-Barbera’s feature length spy caper. Hijinks ensue after Fred is mistaken for his secret agent doppelganger.
4 The Muppet Movie. Movie 1979 Kermit and gang’s origin story is filled with memorable guest appearances by stars like Steve Martin and Orson Welles and a soundtrack by Paul Williams. What’s not to love?
5 Beauty and The Beast. 1991. This ‘tale as old as time’ was the first animated feature to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards – and there’s a good reason why.
8 Spirited Away. 2001 200 H ki iis Hayao Mi Miyazaki known as Japan’s Walt Disney, and this story of a 10 year old girl who stumbles onto a land of magic and monsters may be the best of his career.
9 Wor Team America: World P li 2004 Police. Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s pervy version of Thunderbirds cleverly sends up the world’s political scene and dopey do-gooder Hollywood stars.
1100 The Fantastic Mr. F Fox. 2009 If there was any doubt that a filmmaker could transpose his own style onto an animated feature, Wes Anderson has removed it with his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s story. With clever characters and a musical score punctuated with songs by The Beach Boys, Mr. Fox is truly fantastic. ONE
Always the entertainer WINNIPEG-BORN TRACY SPIRIDAKOS TRACES HER ROUTE TO HOLLYWOOD FAME, AND GIVES ADVICE by Amanda Stefaniuk
he road to success as a performer is often a long and difficult one. In just three short years since her decision to pursue acting as a full time career, Winnipeg born and raised Tracy Spiridakos has already made appearances on such popular TV shows as Supernatural and most impressively, won the lead role in Teletoon’s first live action sitcom. In Majority Rules, Spiridakos plays spunky teenager Becky Richards, who not only faces challenges that affects every high schooler, but also the duties that come with her job as the newly elected mayor of her hometown. During a recent visit to Winnipeg, Spiridakos, now based in Vancouver, discussed her love of her chosen profession. “I always wanted to be an actress since I was a young ‘un. I’ve always been the entertainer in the family…loved making people laugh. I did a few plays when I was in high school, and when I graduated I decided to start training here in Winnipeg. When I moved to Vancouver, I found an agent who signed me on and that’s when I started to pursue it more professionally.”
getting a little tuckered. But it was fun regardless, because with this particular character I found that I could relate to her a lot. By the time we were done filming, I was crying, I didn’t want it to be over.” Even though her love of acting takes center stage, Spiridakos is working on a screenplay in which she hopes to star, to further showcase her skills. “We all have real life experiences that happen to us and right now what I’m writing is really close to me. So I’m just kind of drawing on that, and then letting my imagination soar.
‘I think in any industry that you’re in; you have to get up and attack’ There’s only so much you sit back and wait for. I think in any industry that you’re in; you have to get up and attack. So who knows what this script will turn out to be – maybe it will be great, maybe it won’t be – but at least it will be something that will get seen by certain people and maybe will get my name out there as well.”
HIGH PRESSURE ROLE
NEVER STOP TRYING
After winning the role of Becky through a screen test, Tracy admits the pressure of carrying the show was a little overwhelming. “I definitely felt the heat, but everyone was so fantastic to work with. The producers, all the directors and the cast and crew are all so amazing, they were all so welcoming and understanding about any questions I had. They made it very easy and comforting to do. Work was fun everyday.” “The only challenge I had in the role was keeping my energy up. Becky is a very high energy teenage girl, and towards the end of the shoot, I was
As for other local up and coming actors, Tracy is quick to offer this advice. “I would say never stop trying. I know when I first started out, a lot of people were very discouraging, and will tell you to get a back up career because it’s a really hard industry to get into. The way I see it, everything’s competitive, no matter what you choose to do, and you just got to keep pushing for it and not stop. It took me leaving Winnipeg to pursue it further because I wanted to go bigger with it and so I did. I just feel if it’s what you want to do, just push towards it and make it a big part of your life. Don’t
stop regardless of what people say. And if you put yourself in that mode, and you’re doing plays or writing your own thing, or you’re training in classes you’re one step closer than other people who don’t allow themselves to go there.” With that kind of positive attitude and a talent for acting, Spiridakos is sure to go far in the industry. Be sure to catch Majority Rules’ first season which airs Thursday nights on Teletoon. ONE
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The Man, The Myth, The Legend...
Big Brother reality star Jessie Godderz launches wrestling career on Winnipegâ€™s WFX
entertainment by Conrad Sweatman
hese days, a lot of hype surrounds Jessie Godderz, the latest addition to the Winnipeg-based Wrestling Fan Experience (WFX) roster. In March, Godderz -- “Mr. Pectacular” -- emerged victorious from his first WFX match against former WWE Superstar U-Gene Dinsmore. The Iowa native had the bodybuilding community paying attention three years ago when, at barely 20, he achieved the title of Youngest Pro Natural Bodybuilder in the USA. Jessie is also known for his two seasons as a competitor on the reality show Big Brother, where his bravado and off-color commentary made him that contestant that everyone either loved or loved to hate. He reflects about his onscreen persona: “I knew there was two ways you can go into it. You can let CBS control your image… or you yourself can take control of it. So the second season I went in as a ding-dong, kissing my muscles and everything, and people were definitely entertained. If they didn’t like me, so be it, I was in control
‘On Big Brother I went in as a dingdong...and people were definitely entertained’ Before his second season on Big Brother, Jessie began pursuing his dream of becoming a professional wrestler, training at Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) under big names like Billy Kidman and Tom Prichard. While appearing on the
series, Jessie expressed his desire to embark on a wrestling career, and soon afterwards (following his ‘eviction’ from the BB house) the aspirant matman was approached by Jonny Fairplay, pro wrestler and former contestant on the reality show Survivor, who helped him hook up with WFX.
Fairplay as my manager, there's no stopping us!” Where else does this ambitious sports entertainer plan to take his bourgeoning career? He hints at a possible television project in the works, and another appearance on Big Brother, but is closemouthed about further details. At the moment, wrestling remains Jesse’s main focus, but says he does not plan to drop pro bodybuilding just yet.
‘WFX is an absolutely phenomenal wrestling organization… there are some huge names there’
When the deal was struck, Jessie couldn’t have been more pumped. “WFX is an absolutely phenomenal wrestling organization… There are some huge names there.” Now, with Jonny as his manager, Jessie aims to bring on his ‘pectacular’ brand of wrestling with spectacular fury. “I hope to help take WFX Wrestling to a whole new level. And with the uber-talented Survivor superstar Jonny
His continuing commitment to bodybuilding is evident from his planned involvement with two upcoming charitable bodybuilding events: The 2010 Visual Art Physique Model Competition, as an emcee, and The 2010 INBA Mississippi Coast Bodybuilding and Figure Championships, as a special guest. “Fans can swing on by to meet Mr. Pectacular in person, get a signed autograph, and maybe even have the chance to measure my approximately 20 inch guns.” (“Continuously” and “Awesome”, as he has dubbed them.) In spite boasting to possess the “intellect of a world-class scholar”, Jessie informs us that, whatever the rumors, a career as a professional philosopher is not on the agenda for now. “But, never say never!” For more information about WFX’s upcoming events, including matches featuring Mr. Pectacular, check out... http://www.wfxwrestling.com. ONE
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Truth is, you’ll only know when you meet them I am 23 years old and am tired of being single. I’ve got my degree and I have a great job. I am not a bar fly. I know exactly what I am looking for in a guy. I just don’t know where to find him. I know you are a Matchmaker and am wondering how I find my perfect guy?
-Laurin Have you ever met a perfect person? They are only in fairytales! It always amazes me when clients come to me and say that they know exactly who they are looking for. I let them know that until they meet that special person, they have no idea who they are looking for. Granted there are non-negotiables when you are looking for someone but the majority of the characteristics, both physical and personality traits are unique to each individual.
on your first date. I suggest that if there are three things you like about the person then definitely go out with them a few more times to determine their suitability. Be open minded. Get to know people as friends first and allow your friendship to blossom into a loving partnership. Those are the types of relationships that last and are sustained through life’s difficulties. 10 FIRST DATE IDEAS: Go to an auction Try black light mini golf at U-Putz Go bowling Go to Brushfire and paint a piece of pottery Go window shopping Visit a variety of antique stores Wall climbing Check out the race track Stroll along Corydon Ave Visit the Zoo
I have often been told that dark haired, dark eyed guys are who people are looking for or a tall thin brunet. These requirements are counter productive. You need to allow the attraction to evolve. We are visual creatures and are always attracted to esthetically pleasing items but a relationship entails so very much more than You need to allow the initial “huba huba” type of attraction. We the attraction to are not picking a car and all of its options. evolve These are human beings. A true connection is so very many layers deeper that than surface attraction. Chemistry is a complicated subject. Attraction needs to be several layers deep. I often suggest to clients that one day they may reach over to their bedside table and accidentally put their spouses dentures in their mouth instead of their own and they better love them for way more than their physical appearance or they are more than likely to gag!
Activity based first dates eliminate the pressure that people feel when they are in a restaurant or coffee shop being “interviewed”. You are likely nervous enough and certainly do not need your date starring at you and watching you eat. Movies are the wrong place to go on a first, second or third date. Choosing and activity based date allows you to be you and you will see your date interacting in a real life setting.
Pick up Lianne Tregebov bio and photo from April issue
People will regularly say that their potential mate needs to share the same hobbies as them. Humans are forever learning and being exposed to new activities can often be very interesting. It is logical if your core values clash that they would not be your match. It is equally as logical if you are a vegetarian and they are an avid hunter you would continue your search. We put ridiculous expectations on ourselves to think that we should be able to assess on a first date whether the person is right for us. More often than not people are extremely nervous on first dates. Do an activity together 60 | ONE MAGAZINE | MAY | 2010
Seeing the Future WANDA’S TAROT READINGS HAVE BEEN PSYCHICALLY ON-TARGET FOR 15 YEARS
by David Schmeichel photography by Mike Latschislaw
tions via the details remembered from particularly portent's a vocation that's sure to raise eyebrows, and it tous dreams. "Once I dreamed there was this little girl requires a rare gift that few are believed to possess. riding on my broom, this broom I'd made for Halloween," But for local tarot reader Wanda Marie Moar, finding her calling as a psychic advisor has always been in the cards. Moar recalls. "I said to her, 'What are you doing on my broom, kid?'" She looked at me and said, 'I'm your grand"There was a neighbourhood psychic where we lived daughter,' I said, 'I have no granddaughter.' And she said, when I was a kid," explains Moar, while arranging her deck 'I'm coming,' Then she told me her name." on a patterned tablecloth in the rear of Corydon Avenue Fast-forward a year, and crystal shop Cosmic the prophesy was proved Tools. "I went to see her Wanda’s tarot cards are her true, Moar claims. "My and she read my cards life’s true passion daughter walks in and for five dollars. She says, 'You're never going said, 'You know, you to believe what have a gift within yourhappened,'" she continself, too. Why aren't ues. "I said, 'You're you using it?'" pregnant.' And she said, 'I Already adept at hate it when you do that.' picking up signals, "She even gave her Moar took the (daughter) the same name woman's advice to — even though I couldn't heart. By the time she say a word to her about was a teen, she was that part of the dream. I staging readings to had to allow that part to answer her girlfriends' happen." questions about boys, using a regular deck of playing cards and a ‘YOUR SOUL MATE heightened sense of IS COMING’ intuition. "I call them my Spidey senses," says When asked to describe Moar. "Like I've always how her gifts work, Moar known when someclutches her hands to her thing was going on, or chest and says, "I hear going to happen things right here." She around me. I'm always says she's especially telling my husband, attuned to other people's 'Something's not right, emotions, and can tell something's just not instantly when someone clicking with me." is skeptical of her abilities. Her best remedy for such skepticism? When her TAROT READINGS predictions come true – as FROM A 15-YEARthey did recently for a OLD DECK longtime friend who was unlucky in love. It was Moar's husband who bought her first deck of tarot "A few years ago I told her, 'Your soul mate is coming, cards – the same deck she's been using for the last 15 years and you're going to spend the rest of your life with him," to advise clients on questions of romance, personal growth says Moar. "She laughed and called me a liar. But she got and professional development. married last Saturday. To her soul mate — her ex-husband Relying primarily on word of mouth, she's also dabbled of 37 years ago." in a number of related matters, helping acquaintances deal Of course, the news isn't always good, so Moar has to be with unhappy spirits in their home, and making predic62 | ONE MAGAZINE | APRIL | 2010
entertainment be careful how certain predictions are delivered. And clients say she has a knack for framing things in a way that makes bad news more bearable, and good news even better. "She always finds a positive way to get things across," says a regular named Eileen, following a short session focusing on family members and the challenges of a new office job. "It's not that I can't do anything without Wanda. It's just nice to know she's there to open up all these possibilities for me." Though she makes ends meet working a regular job (or as she calls it, "her human job"), Moar says the tarot cards are her life's true passion, and the means by which she's enjoyed a richly rewarding journey of shared experiences and opportunities for new connections. They've also allowed her to carry on what appears to be a family tradition, she adds, noting some of the most accurate advice she ever received came courtesy of her grandmother, a fellow card reader. "She actually read my cards when I was 19 years old, and everything she said came true," Moar smiles. "She said, 'You're going to get married twice.' ... And I did get married twice — to the same man! She didn't see that part, but she was still right!" ONE
COSMIC TOOLS: The healing shop on Corydon If you're looking to have your tarot cards read by wanda — or your chakras re-aligned, or your consciousness in any way expanded — you're not likely to find a more conducive environment than Cosmic Tools: A Therapeutic Gift Shoppe. Located at 651 Corydon Ave., in the same space as a shop dedicated to hand-blown glass items, Cosmic Tools is well-stocked with all manner of holistic and spiritual implements, from Tibetan healing sticks and statues of Buddha to a dazzling array of therapeutic crystals. But the items for sale aren't the only things with healing qualities. Owner Joe Fedorowich happens to be a skilled practitioner of Reiki, a 20th-century healing technique in which energy is transferred through the palms. "It's the laying of hands on the body," says Fedorowich, who's currently studying under two shamans in the U.S. "We go through a series of attunements that helps us link to source, and that source could be Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed — any of those different types of consciousness. We're channelling that energy through our bodies, out of our hands, and as it goes down into the body, it creates balance in the energy system." Fedorowich first learned of the technique from fellow practitioner Bernadette Koroscil, while his wife Sharon was being treated for a ruptured brain aneurysm in 2003. "As soon as Bernadette laid hands on her, she'd go into a very deep sleep," Fedorowich says of his wife, who later underwent a miraculous recovery. "The brain actually heals during sleeping time. So it was very soothing, actually, like the missing piece of a puzzle." Fedorowich says he's hoping to establish a community of like-minded thinkers, by renting out his shop space to students, fellow practitioners and others seeking balance in their lives. "That way, I can point the way for people, so they can begin to explore these things themselves," he says. To learn more about Cosmic Tools, or to book an appointment with Joe Fedorowich or Wanda Moar, call 479-7526, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Blue Bomber Glenn January changes up pre-season drill
Glenn January pins an Alouette in classic retro uniforms
SPENDING THE OFF SEASON IN WINNIPEG HAS ALLOWED FOR MORE SPECIFIC TRAINING
by David Schmeichel
his time last year, he was the new kid in town. But that didn’t stop Glenn January – offensive lineman for the Blue Bombers – from keeping ridiculously busy during his first off-season as a full-time Winnipegger. And these days he’s even busier, now that the Bombers have kicked their training into high gear – preparing for a season of new challenges, new leadership and a new lineup, not to mention a renewed commitment to delivering a Grey Cup victory.
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Saskatchewan) and recently marked his first year as a bona fide local. "We're certainly putting in the work and everybody's training hard. With the way the last season ended, we understand now that if we all pull our weight, we can accomplish some pretty incredible things."
New training routine As always, they’re off to an early start. When we caught up with January in mid-April, he and his squad were in the midst of the "strength" phase of their training, working for hours each day with both free weights and kettle bells to maximize the impact on their muscles and joints. It’s the first time January has trained here in Winnipeg – usually, he heads back to his home state of Texas, where in the past, he’s worked closely with former UFC champ Guy Mezger. But this year, he trained under the watchful eye of Bombers head athletic therapist Alain Couture. He says the change has allowed for a much more
position-specific routine, as well as some inventive indoor solutions (lots of locker room work with ladders and sleds) made necessary by the colder climate. But it’s not as though January spent the entire winter cooped up indoors. After doing some post-season recharging at his family’s cabin outside Denver, January began familiarizing himself with all that Winnipeg had to offer, mixing his frequent appearances on behalf of local charities and community groups with trips to Festival du Voyageur, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and even the massive ice mountains on the shores of Lake Winnipeg.
Pleasantly surprised He admits to being unsure of what to expect when he first arrived in town, but now considers himself one of the city’s biggest boosters. “When I was playing in Toronto and Saskatchewan, the knock was always, ‘Well, at least you’re not playing in Winnipeg,’” he explains. “But Winnipeg has a ton of
stuff to offer. And I was pleasantly surprised to arrive here and figure that out for myself.” On the subject of last season, January strikes a diplomatic tone, noting the drama that surrounded former head coach Mike Kelly tended to overshadow some of the team’s more notable accomplishments. “We beat seven out of eight teams in the league, which is something people forget about,” he says. “We had our destiny in our own hand, and we fell a little bit short. But it’s one of those things where – as bad as it was at times – it wasn’t necessarily as bad as everybody liked to make it out.” As for the upcoming season, January says he’s looking forward to re-teaming with incoming Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice, formerly an offensive coordinator for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. “He’s really concerned about the details, and I think that’s a
huge quality for a coach to have, because it’s the little details that can win you the game,” says January. “Schematically, (the coaching staff) are all very sound, so I think we’re a little more excited going into this year. I know what kind of potential we as players have, and we know what the coaches are capable of, so it should be a happy marriage between the two groups.” ONE
‘Big Sexy Beasts’ a tag-team sensation AJ Sanchez and ‘Kevy’ Chevy own the WFX ring with their stunningly athletic wrestling prowess
by David Schmeichel photography by Tigers Eye Photography
n the rough-and-tumble realm of professional wrestling, they're a welcome change from all the perfectly sculpted bodies and impossibly proportioned physiques. But don't let your guard down on account of the extra girth. Because whatever these guys lack in terms of bulging biceps or washboard abs, they more than make up for with an arsenal of jaw-dropping moves. "A lot of wrestlers will tell you that you've got to look a certain way — which we obviously do not," quips 23-year-old A.J. Sanchez, of much-buzzed about
local tag team the Big Sexy Beasts. "We don't really fit with the rest of the cookie-cutter wrestlers ... But just to see us outside the ring, you wouldn't know that we can jump from the top rope, or do back flips and front flips to the outside. We're doing things your typical 300-pound man cannot do." Sanchez and his partner, 24-year-old Kevin "Kevy" Chevy, are two of the rising stars of Wrestling Fan Xperience, a Winnipeg-based operation that provides a showcase for local talent while attracting some of the hardestworking names in the business. Topping the scales at just over 300 pounds (each), both Beasts boast pretty impeccable credentials: Fans of wrestling since they were kids, they found their way to the local scene at an early age, and have been honing their skills on the amateur circuit since they were barely out of their teens. "When you grow up watching the WWF, you're thinking it'll be big lights, big sound, big everything," says Sanchez, who first gained entry to the world of chokeholds and half-nelsons via a friend who'd refereed for Top Rope Championship Wrestling. "So in that case, it's very different. The crowds are smaller, and the lighting isn't there. Everything's done at an independent level — it's like the minor leagues." But there's nothing minor about the athletic ability on display, or the very real potential for injury. Just ask Chevy, who in the span of a few years has already suffered eight concussions,
Whatever they lack in bulging biceps or washboard abs, they make up for with an arsenal of jaw-dropping moves
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dislocated both his shoulders and broken his ankle so many times he's been told there's no bone left — just a mess of cartilage. Despite the physical toll, Chevy still speaks proudly of the sense of camaraderie among fellow wrestlers, particularly those who served as mentors to him and Sanchez as they made their way up the local ranks. "There is a community — a brotherhood," says Chevy, who splits his time between wrestling and his day job as a care worker for underprivileged youth. "When you're a wrestler, it feels like you're part of something bigger than yourself." The same holds true of the Beasts' six-year partnership, which is starting to pay off now that both Sanchez and Chevy have become known across Canada for their deceptive agility.
Though they identify proudly as heels (Sanchez is the mouth; Chevy's the muscle), they never miss an opportunity to leave the crowd dazzled, via either the aforementioned acrobatics or their bone-crushing finishing moves. Chemistry and charisma are equally important, they say, especially now that the wrestling world's big secret (spoiler alert: It's mostly staged) has in recent years become common knowledge. "People know it's fake, so your job out there is to make them suspend their disbelief," says Sanchez. "You've got to have some kind of charisma, and people have got to believe in what you're doing. Because if you go out there and the moves look fake or it looks like you messed something up, they're going to know." Chevy agrees: However brutal their opponents might be, the fans can be even tougher — a phenomenon the Beasts are likely to encounter even more of,
now that their WFX affiliations have moved them from the minors to the big leagues. But as Chevy points out, for every critic in the crowd, there's a handful of potential converts. And at the end of the day, it's praise from both their fans and their fellow wrestlers — trumping even the prospect of fame or fortune — that keeps these guys coming back for more. "You're working hard, you go to the after-party and someone likes your stuff, so they want to buy you a drink. Who doesn't like that?" says Sanchez. "Now we've just got to get to the stage where we're not wrestling in front of 500 or 600 people, but 50,000 or 60,000 —
which is a lot of drinks!" To find out when you can catch the Big Sexy Beasts in person, check www.wfxwrestling.com ONE
Over a few years Chevy has suffered eight concussions, dislocated both shoulders and broken his ankle numerous times
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HEALTH & FITNESS
by Mary Ann Masesar
t is often a show of strength and a sign of health. But on the inside, the core is what influences how you stand, how you sit, reach, bend and twist. Itâ€™s not just the 6 pack abs. Your core includes the transverse and rectus abdominis, the internal and external obliques, hip flexors, even the lower back lumbar erectors. Strengthening these muscles not only tone your midsection, but they improve your posture, prevent injury and protect your spine by distributing energy and weight to other body parts as you stand, twist, bend and reach in different directions. Because your core is made primarily of fast twitch dense muscle fibers, doing 100 sit ups a day is NOT going to give you the abs you want. With a clean diet, regular cardio activity and these 5 core training exercises performed 3 times a week, you will strengthen the muscles you need and begin to see those abs youâ€™ve always wanted.
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your lower and middle back supported, knees bent and feet flat on the floor. With hands behind your head, raise only your head and shoulders as you contract your abs to move your upper body toward your hips. Imagine an apple between your chin and chest. For a count of two, slowly return to starting position and repeat. Do 2-3 sets of 15 repetitions.
V-Crunch (overall core) Start first by lying flat on the floor and your arms overhead. Lift your feet about 1 foot off the floor and balance on your glutes. Next, lift your upper body and arms and reach for your toes. Make sure you pull your belly button towards your lower back. For a count of two, lower and return to starting position and repeat. Do 3 sets of 20 repetitions.
Straight Leg Raise (lower abs) Start by hanging from a pull-up bar with arms and legs fully extended. Without using momentum, contract your abs and raise your legs straight out in front of you until they are parallel to the floor. To make sure your abs do all the work, your
head and shoulders should not move. Hold for a few seconds. With control, lower your legs back to the starting position.
Plank (core) Lie face down on the floor with your elbows bent at 90 degrees. Extend your legs and flex your feet so that your toes are the only part of your lower body touching the floor. Hold this position for at least 45 seconds. Keep your low back tight, squeeze your glutes and utilize your core strength.
Trunk Slide (core and lower back) Start first by kneeling down facing a stability ball and place your clasped hands on top. Raise your knees so that you are balancing on the ball with your forearms. Keeping your abs contracted and your back flat, slowly roll the ball forward so that your body moves forward with it. Roll as far as you can and with slow control, go back to starting position. ONE
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Personal trainer, Vernis "Coach V" Blair and ﬁtness nurse, Mary Ann Masesar own and operate Higher Level Fitness. Located in the Exchange District, Higher Level Fitness is a wellness studio that offers personal training, health and nutritional counseling and massage therapy services. For more information, Straight Leg Raise (lower abs) visit www.higherlevelﬁtness.net
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Under the guidance of Sean Brown, ‘Team West’ shapes up nicely for Winnipeg’s own weight-loss showdown
Impact Fitness Trains ‘Biggest Loser’
by Aaron W. Graham photography by Mike Latschislaw
ow much combined body weight can be shed by a team of four before May 3, 2010? Team West – one of fourteen teams vying for prizes in their pursuit of rapidly dropped pounds – are hoping it’ll be them. Taking cues from NBC’s hit reality series “The Biggest Loser”, a like-minded friendly competition has been taking place across our fair city since January. Sponsored by QX 104, HOT 103, Winnipeg Free Press, Method Media, Alter Ego Sports, and Cancer Care Manitoba, Winnipeg’s Biggest Loser aims to inspire a healthy change in the lives of several Winnipeg men and women. The rules are simple: each team of four is given a fitness studio affiliate and celebrity mentor from either HOT 103 or QX 104. Then, through the three-month monitored training phase with periodic weigh-in for each individual, the final tally will be calculated and a winning team will be announced.
AWESOME FORESOME Team West is comprised of Jennifer Doucette (also serving as Team Captain), Barb Hicks, Amanda Pitmentel, and Aleka Sokal. In recent months, the foursome can be found at Impact 70 | ONE MAGAZINE | MAY | 2010
GYM OWNER SEAN BROWN surrounded by his trainees
Fitness Studios partaking in marathon elliptical machine sessions and other demanding weight-loss activities. Serving as coach (and Team namesake) is HOT 103’s Adam West, while esteemed owner/trainer Sean Brown of Impact Fitness provides his own brand of valued encouragement: “I guess I’m kind of like a drill sergeant in that I’m very nice at first. I really can’t say what I’ve been doing i s be-
business people and entrepreneurs: common folks wanting to make a change in their lives and live healthier.” Brown, who opened the doors of Impact on June 1, 2005, established a reasonable plan to help the women drop dress sizes. The work Doucette, Hicks, Pitmentel and Sokal have put in so far has been considerable, but winning the contest isn’t really the goal any longer – and Brown’s not so sure if it ever was. “It’s not about that at all. My clients have established a camaraderie, a ‘Hey, we can do this now’ and that’s just fantastic. They’ll be doing this even after the contest is finished.
littling, but it i s definitely an in-your-face type thing. Nobody really wants to quit when somebody’s screaming at you, but nothing’s done in a malicious way.” This go-for-broke, challenging competition came about in January, after an arduous selection process. “QX 104 and HOT 103 had everybody who was interested either e-mail or write-in,” says Brown. “These four ladies were chosen from hundreds of entries. And that’s what motivates me about Impact Fitness: we may have pro-athletes, WFX wrestlers and the occasional NHL player, but at the end of the day, Impact is all about regular housewives, and
FINDING TIME FOR FITNESS
Each team of four is given a fitness studio affiliate and celebrity mentor
In reality, says Brown, the hardest part of Winnipeg’s own Biggest Loser has been the scheduling. “All the ladies had been in decent shape prior to having kids, but with 12 children between them, it’s been tough to coordinate schedules. But they’ve all been great about it. Along with my manager Katelyn Combs, we’ve been able to figure out what it takes and the time needed.” Still, according to Brown, the regimen isn’t easy. “The hardest so far has been the cardiovascular, but there’s no five-mile-run garbage. The ladies have just had to keep in mind not to get down on them-
health & fitness selves because something’s too tough. Eventually, you’ll able able to do it. “Food control is also very important. The ladies had not been eating
“My clients have established a camaraderie, a ‘Hey, we can do this now!’” right, or were eating the wrong portions, so we’ve had another gentleman assist and help put them on the right path, with the correct supplements.” In the end, Brown believes all four ladies should be beaming. “What they’ve been able to accomplish in such a short time is living proof of their success story.” ONE
Scheduling, motivation keys to gym’s success Through it all, Sean Brown’s impetus in starting Impact Fitness was to inspire busy people fit ample gym time into their demanding schedules. Personally dissatisfied at the lack of adequate programming at other gyms for his own training, Brown launched Impact with a different vision. “I was competing as a world champion in martial arts and competitive high level hockey, but the big facilities weren’t doing it for me. You’ve got to figure out your own workout time and what machines, but with Impact, you can get in and get out, and there’s more bang for your buck. It’s like having a personal trainer but without the associated costs. “People have to remember that it’s making changes in your eating habits and the little extras that get you started. The gym isn’t the be-all, end-all. You’ve
got to change how you eat, and get exercise, whether it’s at the gym, or taking the dog for a walk, or even playing tag with the kids. “Motivation is huge. I want everybody to feed off of everybody else. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a social hang-out, but I’d like to feel that clients begin to want to come to the gym. That’s why I like to host barbecue and Christmas parties – it all becomes more personal. Brown – and his more than qualified staff Danielle, Dave, Erin and Katelyn – prides themselves in knowing all of the customer’s names. “It’s a familyfriendly, clean environment. For any potential customers, I’d say come on in, make an appointment, and we’ll figure it out. I’m in and out all of the time.” Impact offers 3, 6, or 12 months plans. Their hours of business at Unit 3 – 840 Waverly Street (488-7878) are Monday through Thursday 6 am to 9pm, 6am until 8pm on Friday, 9pm to 4pm on Saturdays, and 10pm to 2pm on Sundays.
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ITNESS & HEALTH
with the skill of a Sensei by Aaron W. Graham photography by Mike Latschislaw
Tatsuo Shimabuku in the early 1950s. The goals as outlined by Shimabuku’s teachings are to perfect the body as well as the mind through a c q u i r i n g s e l f - c o n fi d e n c e , serenity, and humility.
f you’re looking for a place to develop your self-defense or karate training – whether Women’s Cardio Kickboxing or the more obscure Kobudō is your preferred choice – then look no further than Akatonbou Martial Arts. The Close-quarters skilled Sensei behind Akatonbou is techniques Brent Horton, a student of karate for over 30 years. At present, he holds the In this particular rank of 6th degree black belt in Isshin fighting style, practiRyu, which compliments his cal close-quarters completed degrees in Physical Educatechniques are tion and Athletic Training. Experiences valued far more than abroad expanded Brent’s view of the show-off moves. world of Martial Arts, with eight years Isshin Ryu can spent traveling around Japan and Asia. provide students Horton feels his time spent there with split-second provided an invaluable ongoing advantages over resource on which to draw upon. potential oppoAs Akantonbou’s website proudly nents, a result of declares, they are not a sport karate needless motions kept to the bare facility, but a place for fitness and minimum. Striking self-defense. As befitting Okinawan karate quickly and resoundthat statement, the dojo itself is functional perfects the body-mind ingly are the key tenets: it is said that five Isshin without being gaudy or by promoting selfRyu’s straight punches excessive: simple grey mats align the flooring. confidence, serenity, and can be delivered in the time it takes to land But the real talent lies in humility one “corkscrew” punch Horton and his team. derived from other karate disciplines. Located on the bottom floor of 1151 Horton has long since appropriated Pembina Highway, Akatonbou is these highly specialized precepts in his relatively new to the Winnipeg scene of classes, instilling in his students a sense martial arts training, but has already of self-worth and endurance picked up stood out from the pack through its from decades spent studying this invenvariety of classes, special Eastern philotive style. sophical approach and Horton’s adherAmong the many classes available for ence to a brand of Okinawan karate the taking are three basics divided by known as Isshin Ryu. Literally translatage groups –Adults 17 and up, the able to “one heart/one mind”, Isshin Junior/Children Class for ages 9-16, Ryu was founded by karate master
Akatonbou Martial Arts focuses on fitness, defense and self-development -under the masterful eye of Brian Horton
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and a special Dragonfly Class for ages 5-8. Horton advertises the fact that the Women’s Cardio Kickboxing class is perfect for mothers who also have children wanting to try their hand at karate. For convenience, the two classes can be taken at the same time, providing exercise and self-defense techniques for moms, while kids are learning the proverbial ropes in Dragon or Junior class.
Karate for kids Exposing children to karate between the ages of five and eight may seem daunting to parents, but Horton’s easygoing curriculum is designed to train through simplistic games and
even a story time. Children under the age of five can even be admitted, but only by checking beforehand and making sure Dragonfly is a suitable skill-set. The Junior class differs from Dragonfly in its focus on anti-bullying, anti-gang involvement and streetdefense safety programs. As the website mentions in the popular quote: Karate ni sente nashi or, “In Karate, There Is No First Strike.” Horton and his fellow teachers will enrich your child’s physical, mental and even social capabilities. In addition to the complicated regimens taught at the Adult level, a philosophical edge, which encourages pacifism, is also a key element.
New Makiwara program New to Akatonbou is a Makiwara – a padded striking post that’s an indelible part of Okinawan training. Equivalent to a heavy punching bag for boxers, the Makiwara allows practitioners to strike with open/closed hands, kicks, knees and elbows. It’s crucial to train the weaker side of the body as it is the strong, so 50-100 hits a day are recommended. Makiwara is yet another way to build up your self-defense skills at Akatonbou, something Horton continues to strive for in his day-to-day operations. Open Monday through Thursday from 5:15 PM to 10:00 PM (with an additional Tuesday class from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM), Fridays between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM, and Saturdays 9:00 am to 2:30 PM, scope out Akatonbou today – to see if it fits your lifestyle. ONE
Classic weapons training with Okinawan Kobudo Women’s Cardio Kickboxing is a runaway hit at Akatonbou, as is Okinawan Kobudo, a classical Japanese weapons tradition. Begun in Okinawa, such weapons as the rokushakubo (aka: the bo, the six-foot staff of choice for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s Donatello), sai (short unsharpened dagger), tonfa (handled club), kama (sickle), and nunchaku (chained sticks) are skillfully used. The weaponry makes for an unusual but worthwhile class for the adventurous – just don’t expect the knives to be on hand straight away. The origin of these weapons was extremely practical: with no way to defend themselves against attackers, the Okinawa simply modified their own
farming tools. The practice stuck, and these makeshift instruments have carried on to today. Popularity over Kobudo – a term translating to “old martial way” in English – peaked in Okinawa some 200-400 years ago. And if it weren’t for the salient efforts of Taira Shinken, a Japanese martial artist, they might not have survived passed World War II. Shortly thereafter, Taira took it upon himself to compile all extant data regarding these primitive but useful weapons, all in the name of keeping the legacy of his forebears alive. In fact, this combination of armed and unarmed combat is what he’s primarily known for today. Establishing and presiding as First President in the Ryukyu Kobudo Shinko Kai society, Taira ensured the preservation of these primeval weapons, but now Sensei Horton brings them to the forefront once again in this educational, imaginative class.
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Body Action System a hit at home New fitness system offers benefits of mixed martial arts and kickboxing “The BAS system combines all the benefits of mixed martial arts and kick boxing,” Carson says. “The system strengthens all parts of your body. And the targets absorb punches – unlike heavy punching bags that send shock waves back up your arm and can cause injury. This system not only keeps you in shape but is also so much fun to do that you will want to encourage everyone you know to buy it.” Don Carson may well be best known as the face of Bowflex Equipment on the Home Shopping DON CARSON (r), president of Krevco Lifestyles Inc, beside his Channel. He held the Body Action Sytsem that combines the benefits of mixed Canadian franchise for martial arts and kick box training at home. Bowflex Equipment for ten years and was highly successful in marketing the product line. by Myron Love
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‘TIME FOR SOMETHING NEW’
on Carson has hitched his “Last year, I could see that Bowflex wagon to what he believes is sales were slowing,” Carson says. “I felt the next hot trend in home that it was time for something new in fitness systems. And he should know fitness.”Carson didn’t want to take on better than anybody. The president of what he calls a “me, too” product. He Krevco Lifestyles Inc. and the man who wanted something that was new and popularized Bowflex Equipment is exciting, something that was potennow touting mixed martial arts chamtially great. pion Bas Rutten’s Body Action System “I noticed that a lot of people were (BAS) as the most into BAS provides 30 times more really effective fitness ultimate fighting muscle activation – and it and mixed martial system currently on the market. BAS absorbs the shock of punches arts,” he notes. provides a full body “And my wife, workout, great cardio exercise, excellent Nancy, has been taking kick boxing for strength training and up to 30 times the past few years and is always telling more muscle activation. The equipme how much she enjoys it and how it ment can be customized for all sizes and keeps her in shape. “Bas’ system is the configurations. And it can be folds up only one I have found that simulates in seconds and easily stored. elements of all three areas. I felt that
this is the product that could dominate the home fitness market for the next ten years. It is a system that I believe will appeal not only to mixed martial arts enthusiasts but also to people of all ages from children to seniors.” Carson acquired the Canadian rights to the product last June and spent the summer and early fall putting a team together. He moved Craig Gatzlaff, from Krevco (where he is a shareholder) over to be the president of his new company, North American Lifestyle Direct and appointed Luciano Luchiano the creative and marketing director. To market the product, Carson says, “we have our showroom at the Krevco location on Scurfield and have created a call center for our television commercials and web sales. We are preparing to return to the Shopping Channel at the end of May.” Carson reports that North American Lifestyle Direct began selling the BAS system in December and quickly sold out its first batch. The company is also introducing some add-on products such as gloves, a clothing line and a line of supplements that have also been developed by Bas. Carson’s team is also taking on a major role in NAS USA’s marketing efforts. “We have a great deal of experience in direct marketing,” he notes. Carson adds that the Body Action System’s customers are his best sales people. “People who believe in our system want to share it with others and they help grow our customer base,” he notes. ONE
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ONE WORLD STUDIOS operates superb facility COMPANY’S CHEVRIER BLVD COMPLEX FEATURES STATE-OF-THE-ART FILM AND ENTERTAINMENT by David Schmeichel
t will be years before construction is complete on the new football stadium at the University of Manitoba campus. But local residents are already flocking to the south side of the city in droves, thanks to a new performance venue and TV production house that’s poised to revolutionize the entertainment industry in Winnipeg. “Pembina Highway is going to be busier than it’s ever been,” predicts Mike Davidson, executive producer for One World Studios and vice-president of its offshoot company, Wrestling Fan Xperience. “In three years, they’re going to be talking about expanding the street by another lane.” So far, the uptick in traffic can be attributed to a single source: The recent Winnipeg launch of One World United, a company that connects consumers and local merchants through a convenient, loyalty-based discount program. But in addition to that already-expanding business model, the company has also launched One World Studios, an entertainment component engineered to better market its loyalty program to the masses. So far, the 8,500-square-foot studio – located at 1111 Chevrier Blvd., just a stone’s throw from the site of the new stadium – serves as home base to Wrestling Fan Xperience (or WFX), which in the matter of a few short months has positioned itself as a major player on the professional wrestling scene. Though still in the start-up phase, WFX has already attracted a number of former WWE stars, among them “Hardcore” Bob Holly, Kip (aka “Badass” Billy Gunn), and Charlie
Haas, who debuted with WFX a mere three weeks after his WWE contract expired. “The minute they become a free agent, one of their first five phone calls is to find out whether they can get picked up by us,” says Davidson. “The best in the world want to come here and wrestle ... we’re a young company in its early stages, so people are eager to jump on board.”
interactive, fan-friendly experience. Tapings of WFX Overload take place at least three times a month (before a crowd of up to 750 fans), and will be televised via a recently-inked syndication deal with broadcaster America One, a U.S. cable network specializing in international sporting events (they’re also the biggest carrier of CFL Games, south of the 49th parallel).
Home base to Wrestling Fan Xperience (or WFX), which has quickly become a major player on the professional wrestling scene
Not surprisingly, the big names are also drawn to the studio itself, where a state-of-the-art sound and lighting set-up ensures a fully
But as Davidson explains, One World has its eye on more than just wrestling. The company is also looking
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business to branch out into TV and film production work – a perfect match, given the aforementioned studio boasts the biggest “cyc” wall in Central Canada, and in a prior incarnation served as home base for the Renee Zellweger flick New in Town (the actress even lived in an adjoining suite while shooting in Winnipeg in 2008). In addition, the studio space is available to local promoters looking for a mid-sized venue, and One World is currently looking to line up performers for a concert series starting this fall. Davidson says they’re targeting musical acts capable of selling out 1,500- to 2,000-seat venues, in the hopes that a slightly smaller setting will result in an atmosphere that’s truly “electric.”
Close up and personal “Recently I went to see Tim McGraw (at the MTS Centre) and I was probably 300 feet away from the stage,”
says Davidson. “It was a great experience, but Tim was so far away that my appreciation just wasn’t the same as you would get in a studio this size, where you’re literally 50 feet away from the performer, no matter the seat.” In the coming months, One World hopes to make even more improvements and additions, among them a restaurant and bar (perfect for comedy club appearances), and of course, increased parking for all the new patrons that are sure to visit. Years from now, it’s hoped the venue will have become firmly entrenched in the public consciousness, enough so that its success will rival even that of the MTS Centre, Davidson says. “By then, One World Entertainment and One World Studios will hopefully have branded itself so efficiently that everyone will know who we are, and what kind of experience you get when you buy a ticket,” he says. “Probably the look and the feeling of
the building will have changed a lot by then, too. But every change we make will be done with the consumer in mind.” For more information on WFX, see www.wfxwrestling.com. For more information on One World United, see www.oneworldunited.com. ONE
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here’s no doubt about it. Trevor Nott, the founder and president of Nott Autocorp, has an eye for eye-catching autos. Take, for example, the exquisitely-appointed ’04 Nissan 350Z Roadster currently on display in the dealership showroom at 2074 Devries in North Kildonan. “I bought the Roadster as a stock car in Las Vegas,” Nott says. “It hadn’t been modified. We customized it here from top to bottom as a show car for our Autosports Division and the kind of work we can do here. ‘We probably spent $20,000 on the modifications.” The modifications include pearl white leather with orange suede inserts throughout the interior. The moulded central console has i-Phone and ipod docks. The sound system is courtesy of Alpine (Nott Auto Corp. is Winnipeg’s exclusive Alpine Auto Sport dealer) and includes a 1,000 watt monoblock and 600-watt 4” amp. There are also four television screens in the vehicle includ77 | ONE MAGAZINE | MAY | 2010
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TREVOR NOTT and the company’s current customized showpiece ’04 Nissan 350Z Roadster.
ing one 18” model in the trunk. The white exterior is highlighted by a black chequered pattern. Nott notes that the model won Best in Class at the 2009 World of Wheels Show. “We have put the Roadster for sale at only $29,900,” Nott says.
Amazing sales growth
The Roadster is just one of many late model luxury vehicles available at Nott Autocorp. “We sell all makes and models, not just luxury models,” Nott says. “But it is a lot more fun buying cars that are unique and exotic (such as the yellow Lamborghini in the back room). We brought into Winnipeg the first 2010 Camaro, the first Nissan GTR and the first 2009 Audi R8, for example. ”Because we are a smaller dealership, we can more easily adapt to the trends in the marketplace. We are selling fewer Toyotas now, for example, and more of other models.” Nott reports that the dealership carries an inventory of about 70 models,
most of them luxury imports. “Sales have been amazing," he says. “Our sales have increased by 35% in each of the last two years.” If anything, the recent economic downturn has improved Nott Autocorp’s sales, Nott suggests. “People still want to drive nice cars,” he says. “Our niche is that we can offer luxury models for less. We do a lot of custom ordering for customers who want specific makes and models and that helps us keep our overhead down. Especially with the Canadian dollar almost at par with the American dollar, we are getting great deals. We pass the savings on to our customers.” Trevor Nott founded Nott Autocorp three years ago after working in the financial end of the business for General Motors dealerships for 15 years. He started with two employees – Barry
Award-winning customized Nissan 350Z shows off Nott`s work
wheels Swain (who is now general manager) in sales and one technician. Today, Nott Autocorp has a staff of 20 and Nott plans on hiring more staff in the near future.
`Our niche is that we can offer luxury models for less`
Part of the community
Nott opened his full auto care service centre two years ago. “We have seven service bays and all the latest equipment,” he notes. “Our highly-trained technicians can do anything. BlueTooth is the big thing right now with hands-free cell phones in cars becoming the law this summer. We find that we are getting quite a bit of fleet work. “We are also getting a lot of new car customers bringing their vehicles here for servicing for convenience. They also like our service.” Nott suggests that he might expand his services further by building a
CUSTOMIZED LUXURY body shop nearby in a couple of years. Being located where North Kildonan meets East St. Paul is a great location, Nott notes. “We have been welcomed as the dealer of choice in this area,” he says. He also points to both ongoing commercial and residential development in the neighbourhood. Trevor Nott strongly believes in giving back to the community -- Nott Autocorp sponsors a yearly car show in the area in partnership with the Lion’s Club. This year’s show, in East St. Paul, will be held on July 25. The dealership also sponsors an annual Thanksgiving charitable curling competition and has become the lead sponsor for the Manitoba Men’s annual Amateur Golf Competition. Nott Autocorp’s newest charitable endeavour is currently sitting behind the dealership. Nott and his staff have purchased an RV and are converting it into an events van for use by community groups. ONE
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The not so good news (your opportunity) is you have a lot of work to do. Here is what you need to be prepared for:
your small business STEP 4 – THE SALES CYCLE by Dan Debreuil, d-Commerce Business Consulting
ongratulations, your effective lead management activities, steps 1 thru 3 of the 7 Steps Sales Strategy ( Customer Profiling, Lead Generation, Hot Prospect List) have provided you with a “conveyor of hot leads” to actively pursue face-toface meetings with. It takes a lot of your time and energy to sell to someone face-to-face. You only want to do this with bona fide “hot prospects”, hence the importance of implementing effective lead management activities. In this article I will focus on providing insight on the relationship sales approach. For companies who sell to other businesses the relationship selling approach is the only way to go. Many businesses thrive in good times and bad because they have solid relationships with as little as a dozen customers. The value of establishing and maintaining just one more strong relationship is extremely high for most small companies. In recent years, the relationship selling approach has been touted to be just as important for companies selling to people. It took the fall of top notch grocery store chains 25 years ago in both Canada and the United States for the intellects to realize a new critical focus called “customer lifetime value”. Grocery stores and other retail giants changed their focus from earning profits on products to earning profits
from customers. They realized what business-to-business specialists knew all along, that a relationship no matter how big or small is important. Simply put, repeat business is driven by the positive word of mouth spread by the “satisfied customers” who feel they have a relationship with their service provider. To attract the best customers, your relationship selling strategy needs to incorporate a “consultative” approach. The consultative approach means you become an “expert” on the downstream use of your product or service. This means, you don’t just need to know the properties of the “wheat flour” you sell to the bakers of Winnipeg. You need to know how this wheat flour will react to certain and specific baking conditions. This will include keeping yourself familiar with new baking technology and how your wheat flour will perform under different conditions, etc. The consultative approach to selling means your obligation is to keep on top of any information that can add value to your product or service. Clarification: Relationship selling is not about making best friends with your clients. It’s about earning enough respect from your clients that they begin to rely upon you for the valueadd your company provides. Becoming an expert in the eyes of your customers is probably the most power-
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sions you had with the client to win the opportunity to meet with them. Refer to your notes and take them to your meeting; 3. Understand how your competition differentiates from your offers. Deflect disadvantages you may have against your competition by emphasizing your advantages. 4. Know your own pricing backwards and forwards. Be prepared to use a calculator to answer questions on your pricing. If you have a strategy that pays clients for loyalty, volume or advanced payments in cash or other – be prepared to discuss and go through examples. Try as hard as you can to understand your competitor’s pricing and discounts. Don’t be caught off-guard when the prospective client provides alternative numbers. 5. Term and conditions. Know your terms and conditions well enough to be able to describe them in detail. As a business owner your terms and conditions may be a deal maker or breaker.
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SMALL BUSINESS when you can; 4. Recognize when you are persuading a client to “Switch” from another service provider to your company versus persuading them to use your type of service for the first time; 5. Recognize your client’s business cycles and the timing of your face-toface. Use this to your advantage; 6. The most powerful word in sales and marketing is the word “New”. Use it, but be prepared. Your professionalism including your product & industry knowledge will no doubt have a lot to do with your success as a sales person. Keep abreast on your knowledge by reading industry magazines, web sites and blogs. Building on your personal network and using it to help others is a great way to earn new business. And always be “business like” when meeting with clients and prospects. Tips to enhance your professionalism in the eyes of the client include: a) Send an initial agenda by email to the client for their review and input. This signals the client that you are organized and respect their time. b) Print off the agenda, as well as, other documents used in preparation for the meeting. Put all documents used to prepare for the meeting in a folder with the prospect’s names on. Use a label maker to give your folder that professional look. Take the folder to the meeting and make sure the client sees you pull from a folder with their name on it. This shows you have come prepared for the meeting and that you truly are interested in doing business with this client. c) Pull out your calculator when the meeting starts. If you are going to persuade this person to make a purchase – you will need to show them the numbers.
client to say yes. Most people don’t jump into situations with both feet first, instead they first stick a toe in the water or a leg. Thus, to make it easier for your client to yes, every sales person needs an effective “Trial Use Program”. Examples of effective trial use programs: a) Lunch n’ Learn sessions. Many consultants, specialists, educators will charge nominal fees for a lunch n’ learn session. Lunch n’ Learns are a wonderful opportunity for your prospective clients to trial your offers. Lunch n’ Learns also work very well for sales people looking to introduce and position a new technology or product. b) Buy 3 and get the fourth tire free. Fountain Tire used this famous trial use program to persuade Canadian car owners to purchase winter tires. The people they were really talking to were the “fence sitters” who have been thinking about purchasing winter tires for a long time. The extra tire thrown into the deal may have been enough to
persuade many people into purchasing winter tires that wouldn’t have. Frankly, I think this was a brilliantly thought out campaign as the size of the audience to persuade would have been massive. c) Trial packages for cereal or cereal bars sent in the mail may cost a lot of money to do……but in our house we are now all loyal consumers of the chocolate oatmeal bars. Only because we received a couple in the mail to try. d) Download free for 60 days. Software companies will often allow you to try their product for up to 60 days without paying. Use stories when you can to emphasize the value of doing business with you. A real life story using real life people and names can be extremely effective as it demonstrates to the prospective client the usefulness of your product or service. Sales people love to use stories because they are easier for the client to understand, remember and re-tell. The old fashioned version of a viral message is a good story.
Switching from a competitor or not? If you are dealing with a client who already purchases the services you offer then you are looking to switch the client off the competition to go with your company. In a switch campaign you need to focus on answering the question “why me?” and not your competition. Convincing your client to purchase your services when they have not used such services in the past is a different discussion altogether. In this case, you will be focused on answering the question why (why use these types of services)? Strong companies who become market leaders in their respective industry will take it upon themselves to answer “the why” question for the benefit of an entire industry including themselves and their competition. For example, for the last several years Tim Horton’s has single handedly taken on the challenge to convince (or train) Canada’s younger generation to enjoy drinking coffee. This has no doubt benefited the rest of the coffee shops in Canada as it acts to keep the demand for coffee stable leading into
the future. The other coffee retailers in Canada still have their work cut out for them but their persuasive communications are exclusively focused on “why choose my coffee” and not the “why coffee” message. Make sure you understand what you need to focus on when persuading a client to purchase from you. Be prepared to focus on answering the why question or why me question and you will be a lot more effective in persuading your client to buy from you. Recognize your client’s business cycles when selling to them.
‘New’ is the one word that can change the rules of the game Companies that have strict planning cycles (and all the best ones do) will have their vendor relationships established for the current business cycle. Typically in this case, you will be selling to a middle manager decision maker who will have to stick to their current budget commitments. Do not expect
to sell much to them while in the midst of their current budget. Instead, look to persuade them in planning on trying or using you for the next year. Your job in this case is to persuade them to convince their bosses to put a little budget aside for hiring your firm next year. Your other job in this scenario is to position your company as a strong Plan B or contingency provider in case the current supplier is unable to deliver as planned. In this case, you will need to convince the prospective client that you can deliver on short notice. The most powerful word in sales and marketing is the word “new”. It should gain you attention with your target audience, especially with larger companies who have advanced planning cycles. Why? Because new is the one word that can change the rules of the game (just ask anyone who owns a video store or has a CD player in their car). The most experienced sales people will introduce new products or services to earn themselves a relationship with the new “hot lead”. What if you don’t have a new product or service to sell? No problem, you simply just make up a new trial use program and go with that. All the best sales people leverage the word new with the clients they desire the most. ONE Dan Debreuil operates d-Commerce Business Consulting in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and can be reached at 204-2235791, or on the web at www.dcommerce.ca
The trial use program is a sales person’s best friend. This is used when you have a “fence sitter” who is almost ready to purchase from you but cannot make the decision. I believe fence sitting is a natural human characteristic that can be overcome by “making it easier” for a prospective ONE MAGAZINE | MAY | 2010 | 81
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