Saturday, December 13, 2014

Winnipeg communications jobs for Winnerpeggers like you - week of Dec. 14, 2014

1. Account Coordinator and Senior Graphic Designer (two positions), Blacksheep Strategy

2. Internet Coordinator, Brandon Sun

3. Marketing Coordinator, Genuwine Cellars

4. Strategic Resource Manager, HUB International

5. Innovation and Communications Coordinator, Construction Safety Association of Manitoba

6. Communications Assistant, City of Winnipeg

7. Mid Day Announcer, 99.9 BOB FM

8. Editor, Fanfare Magazine Group

9. Communications Consultant, CancerCare Manitoba

10. Communications Officer, Western Canada Lottery Corporation

11. Admin Assistant, Communications, and Special Projects, University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture

12. Director of Comm Events, CCSM

13. Online Ad Services Coordinator, Glacier FarmMedia

14. Communications/Admin Assistant, Pegasus Publications

15. Sales and Marketing Coordinator, Hemp Oil Canada (Ste Agathe, MB)

16. Senior Marketing Leader, AAA Alarms

17. Manager, Marketing Communications, 24-7 Intouch

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Winnipeg communications jobs for Winnerpeggers like you - week of Nov. 16, 2014

1. Digital Broadcast Journalist, Anchor, Global

2. Producer, National Film Board

3. Reporter/Photographer, The Selkirk Record

4. Director of Education and Outreach, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

5. Bilingual Education Coordinator, Children's Museum

6. Assistant Manager, Group Marketing Communication, Great-West Life

7. Digital Marketing Manager, the Dilawri Group

8. Advancement Writer, University of Manitoba

9. Development and Communications Officer, Ronald McDonald House

10. Manager, Marketing Communications, 24-7 Intouch

11. Showcase Festival Event Coordinator, Landmark Events

12. Marketing and Communications Coordinator, People First HR

Monday, October 13, 2014

How to listen to the Media Nerds pocast with Dan and Kenton

Podcasting: it's like radio without pictures!

If that sounds (and looks) good to you, or it doesn't, you might be interested in the Media Nerds podcast, a weekly discussion I have with my only friend, Dan Vadeboncoeur, about movies, news, books, stuff, media, comics, nonsense, education, and other podcasts.

Needless to say, wacky 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 clicking on "subscribe."

Enjoy! Or don't. Totally up to you.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How to put stand-up comedy on a resume

Always leave 'em laughing. And if that's not possible, always leave them knowing that you're capable of being funny.

Every year, I get to look at soon-to-be-grads' portfolios, and every year I yell and scream at the comedy-writing students, "Why didn't you put your stand-up comedy experience on your resume?!"

Usually, the students look at me blankly as if to say that there's been nothing on Earth to force them to listen to anything I've said so far, and there's probably no point in starting now.

Nonetheless, it's true. Stand-up comedy is a great thing to put on your resume, because:

1. It gives you something interesting to talk about.
2. It shows you have a sense of humor.
3. It shows you're fearless.
4. It shows you know how to write to engage an audience.
5. It shows you're not opposed to having a drink or six after work. 

The key is to highlight that you did the stand-up in addition to other stuff, you also did communications-related duties, you performed at real places for real audiences, and you've got accolades. Of course, name-dropping doesn't hurt either. "I'll never forget the time I got drunk with Mike Wilmot and Derek Edwards at Carlos and Murphy's..." Bad example!

The stand-up experience on my resume:
Stand-Up Comedian, Winnipeg, 2000 to present.
  • Retained to provide entertainment for comedy clubs and events, in addition to daytime responsibilities.
  • Distribute press kits, news releases, and bios.
  • Perform at Just For Laughs showcases, the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Rumor’s Restaurant and Comedy Club, the Winnipeg Press Club, West End Cultural Centre, Pyramid Cabaret, and King’s Head Pub.
  • Worked with talent, including Harland Williams, Greg Proops, Russell Peters, Derek Edwards, Brent Butt, and Ron James.
  • Named one of Winnipeg’s best, new comics in the Winnipeg Sun.
Then, in your portfolio, include a photo of you doing stand-up. Under that photo, write out your best bit. Leave out the swears.

Done! Now you're more interesting than 99 per cent of everyone else applying for the job.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

CreCommedy Nights hit Rumor's on Nov. 2 and 3


CreCommedy Nights are coming to Rumor's Restaurant and Comedy Club on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 2 and 3, 2014.

Each night features a roster of Red River College's funniest Creative Communications students from my comedy writing class making their stand-up comedy debut - seven 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 talent:

Winnipeg communications jobs for Winnerpeggers like you - week of Sept. 21, 2014

1. Marketing and Events Manager, Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba

2. News Producer (contract), CTV

3. Fund Development Events Coordinator, Manitoba Lung Association

4. Content Specialist, IC Group

5. Marketing Coordinator, Birchwood Credit Solutions

6. News Announcer, Corus

7. Marketing Coordinator, North American Lumber

8. Communications and Public Affairs Specialist, Fairtrade Canada

9. Digital Content/News Writer and Editor, DEL Communications

10. Digital Broadcast Journalist, Shaw

11. Fund Development Manager, Society for Manitobans with Disabilities

12. Communications Specialist, Great-West Life

13. Communications Officer, Genome Prairie

14. Strategic Business Writer, McKim

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

These are a few of my favorite student advertising clients

 Today we salute you, Toad Hall Toys. 

The client has a bad rap.

Long famed in the advertising business for not understanding creative and providing unsolicited feedback when none is warranted, I think it's time we rebranded the client - because one of my most-favorite things in the world is meeting clients with awesome businesses and helping them promote the living hell out of them.

As a teacher, I particularly appreciate the ad client who allows advertising students to not only work on a campaign for his or her business, but also takes the time to weigh their ideas and give feedback at the same time he or she has a business to run.

In 10 years at Red River College, I've had the pleasure to work with these great clients on student campaigns; real men and women of genius, the lot.
Sample student work:

Now, may I please have some free stuff? Haw, haw...

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Five things no one tells you about being a homeowner

Props to my homies.

As I approach my 10th year as a homeowner, I can't help but reflect on everything I've learned over the decade: how to paint a wall while ruining everything else in the house by spilling paint on it, spot a neighbor with a meth addiction (hint: he's covered in blood!), and shrug my shoulders, look into an imaginary camera, and say, "It's a living," after the roof caves in.

Before purchasing a house, Tom Hanks and Shelley Long, be sure to consider my words of wisdom:  

1. Water is your mortal enemy.

If water doesn't pour in from the side of your house, it will froth up from below, or seep down from above. Water doesn't sustain life, it destroys it, and it will destroy yours if you think you can somehow stop it.

The best bet? Move to California where there is no water, or open a public pool in your home and charge admission to get in. Ka-ching!

2. Everyone has an idea about why your roof sucks. None of them is right.

Why does my roof suck? It's ice damming. Or maybe it's old. Or maybe it's the ventilation. Or maybe it's the drainage spouts. Or maybe it's the sun. Or maybe it's climate change. Or maybe I'm radiating too much heat from my giant head.

In fact, it might be all or none of these things, but it doesn't stop people from offering their concern and two cents, delivered with the smug certainty of someone who can only be talking out of his or her arse. Bonus points if the person expresses grave concern about possible damage to a "load-bearing wall."

3. Something is always broken.

After you purchase your house, do this simple experiment: paint your entire house. Now, take a step back to admire your work. While you do, the fence will fall down.

4. Before you buy, look in your next-door-neighbor-to-be's yard.

If there are kids smoking meth on the neighbors' front porch during the day, things will really get going at night. Then again, if sleep isn't important to you, you might get a really sweet deal on the price.

5. You can actually pay it off much more quickly than you think.

It's not all bad news, homey. 

My real-estate agent once said, "Save $1 a day, and at the end of the year, put that $365 on your mortgage." I did what he said and, thanks to the miracle of compounding interest, it's almost paid off - about 14 years before it was supposed to be.

With my debt nearly paid off, I'm looking forward to retiring early and concentrating on fixing my house full time.

Winnipeg communications jobs for Winnerpeggers like you - week of Sept. 14, 2014

1. Communications and Marketing Director, WTC Winnipeg

2. Communications Coordinator, CPA

3. Video Graphic Artist, CTV

4. Creative Producer, Citytv

5. Manager, Program Development, Canadian Blood Services

6. Marketing Communications Generalist, Manitoba Blue Cross

7. Marketing Coordinator, Birchwood Automotive Group

8. Marketing Coordinator, Navitas

9. Digital Marketing Specialist, the Dilawri Group

Friday, September 5, 2014

11 new and brutaful words

Elsie: see number 6.

1. Brutaful - Lovely and awful at once.

2. Content Vampire - Writer by day, blood-sucking plagiarist by night.

3. De ja ewww - The strange feeling of having been grossed out before.

4. Disimprovement - Ruining stuff you own by trying to improve stuff you own. Example: spilling paint on a couch.

5. Dogpeople - Humans who hang their faces out of bus windows to catch the breeze.

6. Elsie - The rare photo you take of someone else.

7. Glasshole - An easily identifiable jerk.

8. Gruntled - Happy and satisfied.

9. Hacoughany - Inharmonious throat-clearing.

10. Juliable - Predictably good weather in the summertime.

11. Moose Jawdience - Spectators in Saskatchewan. Usage: "The Moose Jawdience was blown away by Carrie Underwood."

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Too delicious to digest: the best British-announcer quotes from the 2014 World Cup

Cheers to you, British football announcer.

It's been a pleasure to watch the World Cup on CBC this summer. It's not just the excitement and flow of the beautiful game, it's also the wry and dry commentary by the British play-by-play team: John Helm, Peter Drury, Dave Woods, Dan O'Hagan, Gary Bloom, Martin Fisher, Kevin Keatings, and John Roder.

I'd love to go for a beer with these guys. Full of fish, chips, piss, and vinegar, they appreciate a great turn of phrase, embrace the dark arts of irony and sarcasm, and aren't above making a joke - bad or not - when one pops into their head, which is all the time.   

I'm a student of the game (clever announcing, that is), so at the beginning of each World Cup, I sharpen my pencil, open my joke journal, lean forward, and write down every line that makes me laugh out loud or say, "Funny."

Here's this year's list. For extra fun, read 'em out loud with your best British accent:

1. That's a poor piece of goal-tending.

2. He teases the opponent. He can't get past the opponent. He fouls the opponent.

3. He practices that move assiduously.

4. He's trying to defy the laws of physics and squeeze that in.

5. He's found himself an acre of space.

6. He looks to the heavens in anguish.

7. Pepe's in the dressing room contemplating his stupidity.

8. Terrible, terrible defending.

9. He couldn't accept the gift.

10. To move in on the Ghana goal was quite delicious.

11. That's a poor ball, there.

12. Whistles beginning to emanate from Dutch lips.

13. Seventy minutes to save their souls.

14. Spanish smiles are forced.

15. Just open up like top drawer, and file it away in there.

16. It's like someone just shut off the music at the party.

17. Breaking Iranian hearts just when they started to beat again.

18. He's been there. Done it. Got the T-shirt.

19. Getting a bit tasty here.

20. This won't be part of his DVD collection.

21. They found a late penalty from God only knows where.

22. Pale blue uniforms becoming paler by the minute.

23. One puff of the cheeks.

24. Fluffing his lines horribly.

25. That silver hair will shimmer.

26. It was a powder-puff effort, in truth.

27. Unfortunately, for him, it's a tad embarrassing.

28. No danger of the ball squeezing in between those.

29. Time to pray to whatever deity they choose.

30. If your name begins with a K, you're likely to score a goal here today.

31. They must be so demoralized - the team in canary and blue.

32. Who wants it next? Who wants to score a goal?

33. Ominously redoubtable at the moment.

34. The little boy is crying his eyes out.

35. I won't say there are fans leaving the stadium, but they probably feel they could.

36. It's almost as though they've forgotten how to play.

37. There'll be no samba in Brazil tonight.

38. As we near the end of three, full hours of barren football...

39. Germany is reclining back at the hotel.

40. It is almost too delicious to digest.

41. His reputation, dare I say, in tatters.

42. They're leaking goals like a sieve.

43. Horrible defending from the 48-million-pound man.

44. More anguish for the young ones.

45. 30 seconds for the torture to end.

46. If ever a team wanted to get to the sanctuary of a dressing room, it's Brazil.

47. No point in having a spat at this time of day.

48. The World Cup has turned into torture.

49. They were expecting a party and it turned into a wake.

50. The booing is deafening.

51. A nation's sorrow is complete. 

52. Small man with major responsibilities.

53. And the world stands still for a football match.

54. Toni Kroos: luckiest man on the planet.

55. Thorough and thumping.

56. It doesn't make him any less groggy.

57. That's not a happy chap.

58. It sparkles. It's why we're here.

59. What we said in the old schoolyard: next goal wins.

60. Only He knows.

61. You either go home and say, "I was there," or rather wish you hadn't been.

62. There's a ligament or two that need ironing out.

63. It's in the lap of the gods.

Winnipeg communications jobs for Winnerpeggers like you - week of July 13, 2014

1. Morning Show Co-Host, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group

2. Reporter/Editor (French), CBC

3. TV Host (French), CBC

4. Weather Reporter/Editor (French), CBC

5. Sports Reporter/Editor (French), CBC

6. Data Insight and Strategy Manager, Winnipeg Free Press

7. Development Coordinator (term), Royal Winnipeg Ballet

8. Events and Marketing Coordinator, HRMAM

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Winnipeg communications jobs for Winnerpeggers like you - week of June 15, 2014

1. Marketing Director, 24-7 Intouch

2. Marketing Manager - Lead Generation, 24-7 Intouch

3. Senior Communications Specialist, Great-West Life

4. Senior Communications Specialist, Social Media, Great-West Life

5. Associate Manager, Communication Services, Great-West Life

6. Print Shop Assistant, Print Express

7. General Manager, Rogers Radio

8. Traffic Clerk, CTV

9. Contract Academic Staff (English department), University of Winnipeg

10. Bilingual Industry Services Coordinator (paid internship), On Screen Manitoba

11. Communications Officer, Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba

12. Digital Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Tourism Winnipeg

13. Program and Communications Assistant, Law Society of Manitoba

14. Writer, Technical Publications, Buhler Industries

15. Marketing Coordinator - Retail/Brand, B.A. Robinson Co.

16. Communications Assistant, Manitoba Metis Federation

17. Program Director, CITI FM

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Winnipeg communications jobs for Winnerpeggers like you - week of June 8, 2014

1. Reporter, Manitoba Co-operator

2. Development/Outreach Coordinator, Food Matters Manitoba

3. Marketing Specialist, Sales Communication Compliance, Investors Group

4. Technical Director, CTV

5. Rural Training Coordinator, Volunteer Manitoba

6. Event Coordinator, Canadian Museum for Human Rights

7. Director of Marketing and Communications, Manitoba Symphony Orchestra

8. Ballet Master, Community Outreach Coordinator, Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet

9. Manager, Employee Relations and Engagement, The North West Company

10. Assistant Manager, Content Marketing, Investors Group

11. Marketing Coordinator, Buhler Industries

12. Marketing Assistant, Alsip's Building Products

13. Marketing Manager, FXR Racing

14. Communications Coordinator, Canadian Canola Growers Association

15. Manager, Fund Development, Misericordia Health Centre Foundation

16. Communications Specialist, Pinnacle

17. Social Web Content Coordinator, Ben Moss

18. Host, CBC

19. Perspective and Politics Editor, Winnipeg Free Press

20. Production Assistant, Zoot Pictures

21. Vice President, Underwriting and Marketing, Peace Hills Insurance