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News & Events

Oh, you grew up with a lion?

Imagine, if your beloved childhood pet was a lion? That’s right, ol’ Spot over there wasn’t a Beagle, he was a full-fledged lion.

Actress Melanie Griffith grew up with a pet lion. WHO KNEW? Not this kid, but I didn’t believe it until I saw this BuzzFeed list. That’s right there are countless photos of a teenage Melanie Griffith just chilling with a lion. For example, she’s hanging out with it in a pool, opening the fridge to show him the good snacks and even taking a nap. Of course, they named the lion Neil.

Stay tuned from 6 to 8 when I talk about more bizarre business, just in time for Halloween!



Destination: Halloween

Any ideas for your Halloween night? Leave the Trick or Treatin’ to the kids. You should check these out instead.

Six Pines, Winnipeg


If train rides or house hauntings aren’t your thing, the  may satiate your Halloween spirit. They are featuring Alice in Zombieland (a fairy tale gone horribly wrong), and a slew of creepy clowns in CarnEvil.


Deer Meadow Farms, Winnipeg

No, it is not the same Forbidden Forest near Hogwarts but you get to ride a wagon to its gates.


Manitoba Marine Museum, Selkirk

Historical and nautical can be something horrific as this true-to-life Moby Dick story. If you spot Davy Jones in the S. S. Keenora or any of the fleets, let me know. He totally forgot to sign his photo.


Riding Mountain National Park

It is free to be attacked by clowns and you are free to enter the Attack of the Clowns.


The Double Spurs Haunted House, Dugald

Pirates and vampires and clowns (more clowns), oh my! And an execution chamber? The rooms in this house are loosely based on adventure/horror/supernatural films. It is not just the themes Unique Events Inc. copied, but they also took the exact props from the films themselves. Think Temple of Doom, The Exorcist, and The Fog, then put it all together in one 32,000-square-feet hunk of horrors.


Willing to go the distance?

Nightmares Fear Factory, Niagara Falls

It’s the oldest and most popular haunted house in Canada. There is a reason. All you need to do is follow the red dot of light. You’ll be walking in the dark in the entire labyrinth until a creepy, shocking, scary thing jumps out of nowhere… and it’s all captured by a camera.

You know, this could be you:


There And Back Again…On Air New Zealand

I’ll admit something: I can be a bit of a nerd sometimes.


I’m pretty into following the comics, especially with the resurgence in interest caused by the Marvel movies.


I am also a long time fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and the Middle Eart world, with all those hobbits and elves and whatnot. Reading the Lord of the Rings books was my first taste of something that was not written for young adults, as I moved on from reading the Screechowls and Goosebumps to reading about how Frodo and his fellowship went on their quest to destroy the one ring.


If your only experience with Tolkien’s works is from the Lord of the Rings movies or from the recent adaptation of The Hobbit, you should still be able to appreciate “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made” that Air New Zealand posted a couple days ago. The video, which is shown on their flights, is inspired by and featuring Middle Earth, with star Elijah Wood and director Peter Jackson involved in production.


Not that I love flying on planes, but this video is fantastic, and much better than any of the other low-budget efforts you might see. Glad to see that Air New Zealand is embracing the fact that their beautiful country has become a destination for many tourists, who seek to see what Middle Earth looks like, as much of the movies are filmed in the country.

Winnipeg’s New Mayor

Yesterday Winnipeggers hit the poles and voted to elect a new mayor and last night Brian Bowman won by a surprise landslide.

Bowman is Winnipeg’s first new mayor in ten years. My entire adult life in Winnipeg has been under the rule of Sam Katz, and if you’re like me, you’re simply excited to have someone new running this awesome town, regardless of who it is.

Well actually I do care who it is, and you should too. This is the first election I’ve taken interest in, and I’ve spent time researching the candidates and their proposals. I suppose I’ve come to a point where I recognize parts of Winnipeg that I don’t like, and rather than just complain about them, I can take action by voting.

I wish I had come to this conclusion earlier in my life, but it’s difficult. It’s hard to spark a fire of political interest in young adults. I was exposed to plenty of messages encouraging young people to get politically active and it didn’t have much effect. I wish I had known that young people have an unheard voice in politics. We go unrecognized and many politicians don’t give us the time of day. Maybe if they did we’d speak up.

Bowman wasn’t my first choice, but I can’t wait to see what he brings to table. This morning he stopped by the Free Press Café to speak with Dan Lett and he explained that his first order of business is to find a new CAO and establish an open and transparent culture at city hall.

Check out the video below to hear all he had to say.

Brian Bowman at Free Press Cafe

Red River Radio Election Special

October 22nd was Election Day in Winnipeg, as we went to the polls to elect ourselves a new Mayor, city councillors and school trustees. It was an exciting time in our city!

So how did it all shake out? Well, we know the answer to that. But a dedicated team of Creative Communications students worked together to report the election results to our awesome Red River Radio listeners. If you missed it, here you go:



I remember when I was 18-years-old my mother made me vote against my will. Seriously. She told me that I am lucky to be able to get a chance to vote and that I had no choice. She told me to get in the car, and by the sound of her voice I knew there would be severe consequences if I didn’t. I had no interest in politics and especially not in voting, and I felt that my vote would be biased or unfair because I had no idea what was going on with the election. But we went, and I voted, oh did I ever. I voted for the underdogs and the people with the coolest last names. And up until this year I hadn’t paid any attention to the elections, but this time it’s different. I care more.

So it is the big day is tomorrow… and I will be voting. I feel like some people are really awkward when it comes to discussing whom they’re giving their vote to. What’s the big deal? I have no problem saying that I am voting for Brian Bowman. Yesterday I read that there is a tight race between Brian with 38 per cent support of voters and Judy with 36 per cent, which is shocking because just weeks ago, Brian was a bit behind Judy. It will be interesting to see who wins and I am definitely excited to find out.

Star Wars Sneak Peek

by: Jordan Welwood

Nerds rejoice! A behind the scenes video of new Star Wars director J.J.Abrams was released online. The video was made to promote the charity Force for Change, which is a partnership between Lucas Films and UNICEF’s Innovation Labs. Fans have the opportunity to actually be in the film itself, with hair makeup, golden bikini, the whole sha-bang.


This is a huge score for UNICEF as the anticipation for the Star Wars continuation is through the roof. Fans of the series are so desperately hungry for new content, that the new minute and half video has already gotten over three million views.


All we get to see in the video is Director J.J. Abrams chatting about the charity, on what looks like the desert planet of Tatooine. A small creature that looks like a shaved turkey/turtle saunters through the background.


Anyone who was looking forward to getting a look at some sweet spoilers will be disappointed. That being said, fans got a look at some tangible props (X-wing,Turkey creature), and old school make up effects that they will be using. This is a return to the original look of the earlier films, not the CGI, green screen, Jar Jar binksie style of the preqels.


I’m sure these videos will ramp up the content as the premier draws closer, maybe we will get to see old man Han Solo napping it up in the belly of a Ton-Ton? Who’s to say?


Head to to support the kids, and maybe get on the super secret set yourself! May the force be with you.

Bizarre Costumes

Every year there’s some sort of fad that ends up turning into a halloween costume.

We all remember the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS right? Well, that’s an example of something that was happening in the world that turned into a halloween costume, which I find pretty ridiculous.

Retailers also wanted to create a costume based on the Florida woman who claimed to have a third breast implanted between her two existing ones.

Now, another international event has turned into a halloween costume and in my opinion, whoever came up with this idea is kind of ruthless but is probably going to get very rich, so they’re smart.

Ebola is becoming one of the most popular costumes for halloween 2014…seriously?  In my opinion there are more than enough costumes out there that we don’t need one based around a disease that’s killing so many people. I think it’s offensive but I don’t find it surprising. Most retailers are taking last year’s Breaking Bad costume—which consists of a gas mask and a white suit—and marketing them as Ebola costumes.

Is it OK that this costume exists? Is it OK that we can take something as tragic as Ebola and “dress up” like it? And if someone dresses up in this Ebola costume, does it mean they think it’s a joke and they’re making fun of those affected by it? Or did they just buy it because it’s a funny concept that’s available to them?

Halloween costumes like this one can cause a lot of controversy, and it is. The Ice Bucket Challenge costume and the costume based on the three-breasted woman are funny, but this one may be crossing the line. People can just stick with the good ol’ slutty bunny rabbit and we’ll have no issues.


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It Ain’t Easy Being Tall


Hi there.


It’s me, that tall guy you see all over the place because I lack the basic capability of blending in. The “conversation stopper”, as I like to call myself (not really), because people like to stop what they are doing just to marvel at my height, which is usually a little odd when there’s a group of people talking and suddenly they go quiet and all turn to stare at me like we’re living in some version of Children of the Corn.


I don’t necessarily understand what makes it alright for people to come up and ask about somebody’s physical characteristics. You would never go up to a fat person and say, “Wow, you’re really fat? How fat are you? Are your parents fat?” because that would just be very rude. So why is it alright to do it to tall people?


For those of you going “I dunno, I just want to know”, here are the answers to questions I get nearly every time I meet somebody new:

  • I am 6’8”, or 204 cm for those Canadians who embraced the metric system.
  • No, I don’t pay basketball or volleyball.   I play soccer, and used to pay water polo.
  • Yes, it is difficult to find clothes that fit.
  • No, it’s not raining up here.
  • Yes, people ask me this a lot.
  • I’m glad you have a friend/relative taller than me. We’re in a club that meets every Wednesday behind the Dairy Twist. It’s a very exclusive club, and only people 6’3” or taller are invited. The first rule of Tall Club is you do not talk about Tall Club.


Not that I really mind getting. I’m going to be tall for the foreseeable future, so I decided that rather than getting mad constantly, I would just learn to live with it. I’m just wondering why it’s socially acceptable to comment on height, but no other physical characteristics.

Drive-Thru Hilarity

Life can be pretty monotonous, especially if you’re working a job you dislike. So when something happens that breaks up that boring routine, it can completely turn your entire day around.

Enter the YouTube channel of MagicofRahat.

Most of you have probably already heard of him, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to share his channel with those of you who haven’t. The majority of his videos involve drive-thru pranks where he disguises himself in various ways to scare/confuse/entertain the staff.

This is awesome for so many reasons. The looks on the faces of the restaurant’s employees is just too good. It’s the perfect mixture of bewilderment and disbelief, and every scenario almost always ends in uncontrollable laughter. Real people with real reactions.

Funny how something so creative and well executed can result in such a genuine outpouring of emotion. I could watch these reactions over and over.

Not all of his videos are humorous. This is the same guy who made headlines across North America after he created a video entitled “Homeless Lottery Winner”. It’s a real tearjerker.

I posted my favorite video below, but I highly recommend you visit his channel and spend a few minutes browsing through all of his content.

It’s definitely time well wasted.