Saturday, October 26, 2013

Igniting the Burning Schoolhouse of love

Burn, baby, burn!

When I was a kid, one truth was self-evident: every kid wished the school would burn down.

We weren't exactly roving bands of bloodthirsty teens; it was more that we viewed the building itself as a symbol of math, grammar, history, and other terrible things we'd no longer have to do if the place just went away.

Since it never did, we lived out our dreams every Victoria Day by begging our parents to buy us the Burning Schoolhouse: a piddly Roman candle placed in a cardboard, faux-brick schoolhouse. You'd light the candle ("the fireplace"), and it burst into flame as smoke poured out of the schoolhouse windows and the thing burned to the ground. What's not to love?

The whole presentation was pretty lame, so as kids watched it burn, they'd have to use their imaginations to fill in the blanks: "There goes the science lab! Better jump out the window, Mr. (teacher's name)! Guess we won't be having gym class on Monday!" As far as I know, no one ever said, "Oh, the humanity!"

Even better, it turns out that the Burning Schoolhouse is a Canadian invention and almost unknown outside of the country. According to the book, 1000 Questions About Canada, the Burning Schoolhouse was "devised and manufactured in the 1930s by Hands Fireworks Inc."

Sadly, the Burning Schoolhouse is no longer listed in the company's catalogue. Too bad, because now that I'm an adult teacher, one truth is self-evident...

Everybody's talkin' about communications jobs, week of Oct. 27, 2013

1. Policy Coordinator, Corporate Legal and Insurance Services, Red River College

2. Copywriting and Advertising Specialist, MPI

3. Communications Specialist, National Leasing

4. Traffic Coordinator, Corus

5. Reporter/Editor, CBC

6. Communications Officer, St. Boniface Hospital Foundation

7. E-Learning Specialist, Canadian Museum for Human Rights

8. Communications Associate, Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, Selkirk

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Everybody's talkin' about communications jobs, week of Oct. 13, 2013

1. Weekend News Editor/Presenter, CBC

2. Reporter, CTV

3. Various Positions, OutWords
OutWords needs a sports editor, distribution manager and volunteer designer. Positions are paid an honorarium. Contact Ksenia Prints at Contributors: the pay is 10 cents a word for anything that is printed in the magazine. Contact Ksenia Prints at and ask to be put on the contributor list.

4. Publicist and Communications Coordinator, MTC

5. Managing Editor, MAWA Book Project

6. E-Marketing Specialist, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries

7. Communications Officer, University of Winnipeg

8. Marketing Coordinator, Qualico

9. Managing Editor, Integrit Media

10. Manager, Communications and Public Affairs (term), WAA

11. Marketing Associate, Wawanesa

12. Writer and Social Media Coordinator, Canadian Mennonite University

Friday, October 11, 2013

Dan and Kenton command you: listen to the Media Nerds podcast!

And you thought we were nerdy from the outside.

"We" are Dan Vadeboncoeur and Kenton Larsen. Since we're nerds who like to talk about the media, we thought we'd start a podcast called Media Nerds, in which we ("the nerds") talk about stuff ("the media") that interests us. Hijinks ensue.

You can listen for the low, low price of free by:

1. Visiting our website.

2. Visiting our page on Stitcher Media.

3. Subscribing to us on iTunes.
4. Downloading the Podcasts app onto your mobile device, searching for "Media Nerds" in the store and subscribing.

We think you're going to like us. And if you don't, you're probably a jock, jerk, bully, or someone on whom we'll one day seek comical revenge. Enjoy, peeps!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

CreCommedy Nights hit Rumor's on Nov. 3 and 4

Double your comedy pleasure.

CreCommedy Nights are coming to Rumor's Restaurant & Comedy Club on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 3 and 4, 2013.

Each night features 14 of Red River College's funniest Creative Communications students from my comedy writing class making their stand-up comedy debut - three hilarious minutes of material each.

Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:45 p.m. There is no admission after the show starts.

Tickets are $10 a piece, each night sold separately. You can buy tickets from me between now and Halloween. After Halloween, tickets will be available at Rumor's by phone (204-488-4520) or at the door on the night of the performance (but last year sold out in advance - so you know what to do).

The rosters (subject to change):

CreCommedy Night one:

1. Matt Allen
2. Stef Cutrona
3. Andrew McCrea
4. Matt Tworek
5. Jared Gauthier
6. Zach Samborski
7. Kimberly Leduc
8. Daniel Wiebe
9. Tony Carvalho
10. Jacob Thiessen
11. Elizabeth Fraser
12. Kieran Moolchan
13. Nolan Bicknell
14. Alan MacPherson

CreCommedy Night two:

1. Matt Bedard
2. Taylor Cole
3. Jared Falk
4. Jesse Pelletier
5. Brittany Paulhus
6. Tyler Geurts
7. Megan Redmond
8. Colin Enquist
9. Jesse Marks
10. Brendan MacGranachan
11. Rebecca Henderson
12. Jon Wilson
13. Marshal Fries
14. Kristen Shaw