After work on Friday, a small group of us crossed the street to take in the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball game at Shaw Park.
What did we see? Sponsorship activations galore!
On the concourse, Rogers had a tent where you can play with the new HTC smartphone and enter to win various prizes. Each of us walked away with a pair of branded “Wayfarers” and a pack of gum.
It was hard to ignore the backlit concourse sign hanging above our seats promoting a local company. It was also hard to ignore the low-res imagery that was used for the sign.
Orville and Bryan were approached to participate in the Sumo Race, sponsored by Serta Mattress Company. In-between the 3rd and 4th inning, they were dressed up in sumo suits and raced down an on-field obstacle course to win prizes. Bryan and Orv each won a mini Serta sheep that they gave away to some kids who were getting their faces painted.
On your mark… get set… SUMO!
Even after the game, fan services reps were at the exits handing out vouchers for free Subway sandwiches.
After all these years, the Goldeyes are still providing a sponsorship activation option that many local businesses (including some of our clients) take advantage of. Many Winnipeggers–whether they are avid baseball fans, or attending their first game–take notice.
(Oh yeah, the Goldeyes lost 4-3. But that detail probably won’t be included in the stories we tell about that evening.)
Special thanks to the Goldeyes production staff
Monday was an early record store day for Lee, Bryan, and myself. We made sure to get there nice and early to see what our local haunt’s new stock had in store. Here’s what we found:
Bryan kicks things off with a little All ‘N All by Earth Wind & Fire, which contains his favorite track, the infectious Brazilian Rhyme. Also making its way into rotation (get it??) is George Benson’s The Other Side of Abbey Road (a cover album of the Beatles’ classic Abbey Road) and Elliott Smith’s posthumous From A Basement on the Hill.
I snuck in with one find this week. Zoolook by a certain favourite french electronic prog artist of mine who goes by the name of Jean Michel Jarre.
Lee was able to find Chuck Berry’s Greatest Hits along with Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies. To top it all off, he added Neil Young’s Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (with Crazy Horse) to his collection, just in time for Neil Young and Crazy Horse to return to Winnipeg this coming November.
To listen to our favourite songs, listen to the mini playlist above.
Last week, Bergmann’s on Lombard offered a special Easter all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for $22 per guest. The PDF promoting the buffet enticed us with promises of chef-carved slow-roasted maple-mustard glazed pork-loin, Atlantic salmon crowned with red onion and gold pineapple salsa, and truffle-herb roasted gourmet mini-potatoes. Mmm… The dessert table included schmoo torte trifle and dried-cherry bread pudding. And as we all know, the more hyphens in a dish, the better it tastes.
A surprisingly large group of us took the elevator down to the sixth floor to check it out. We even got one of our office vegetarians to join us – her plan was to eat $22 worth of potatoes, salad and dessert. And it all worked out.
Needless to say, a few of us tried to overcome a food coma later that afternoon.
Here are some GIF’s and photos from our lunch…
On Thursday, September 22, Clark + Huot played host to a gathering of Winnipeg’s most talented and respected designers, photographers, writers, and other creative types at Pass it On. It can be easily described as a night full of inspiring and entertaining conversation with VIP guests including Noam Gonick (Film director, screenwriter and artist), Joy Keeper (Actress), Andrew Chipman (Fashion blogger extraordinaire), Roy Liang (Fashion designer) and Takashi Iwasaki (Painter/artist). Today I want to share just a little about how this party started, who came, and of course, some photos taken by official party photographer, Leif Norman.
Before we get into it, I think it’s only fair that I acknowledge the brains behind the event. Thanks to Anthony and Chris for working around the clock over the last several weeks organizing and planning Pass it On. These guys did everything – from carrying tables to booking DJ Burglar, sending out invites to lining up a ridiculous roster of sponsors including Siku Vodka, Fyfe Printing, Aldine Specialty Printing, Holyoke Fine Papers, Unisource, Zagat, Vice, Disney, Fader, Teen Vogue, Hulu, TimeOut New York, Hallmark Channel, Cordenons, Bernstein & Andriulli, FiberMark, Current, and Domtar.
Each of our sponsors made a generous donation to Pass it On, resulting in a pretty spectacular spread of free swag. It didn’t take long for the table of books, paper samples, DVDs, pens, and other awesome sponsor take-aways to disappear into the stunning cotton tote bags our friend Paul silkscreened at Fyfe Printing, not to mention the beautiful posters.
While on the topic of printing, we’d also like to thank Aldine Specialty Printing for their generous and beautiful printing of the letter-pressed invitations! Anthony loved the poster so much he had it framed!
Leif Norman, our official party photographer, did a great job getting some photos in front of the step-and-repeat media wall, produced by Vincent Printing. The red carpet entrance really set the tone for the night and helped convey the sense that this would be a night to remember.
The party itself featured a steady stream of new faces as guests continued to walk in throughout the evening. People with all manors of creative backgrounds came to share their latest work, ideas, and opinions under the Pass it On banner.
*For the full photo set, click here.
The Clark + Huot Winnipeg office is hosting a gathering of creativity. People from all over are invited to talk, discuss, debate, entertain, show and tell about what we’re up to and what matters in the creative community.
Check out our facebook event page for more info.
Let it be known: it’s an invite only get together, so sending an RSVP is a must in order to get on the list.
More info/photos/fun stuff is on it’s way so stay tuned to the blog & facebook page. Also, the microsite will be up and running soon, so get ready for that.
It’s been a crazy couple of weeks here at the C+H Winnipeg office. Moving furniture, working from home, spending a week in half of our office like a bunch of hoarders, putting down/sanding/varathaning our new osb floor. We do it all. Oh and we also got some dead animals to throw around the office.
Well since Chris is in NYC I have taken over the duty of arranging the playlist of power, so here it is with two notable selections from Chris Samms.
Here is one of our most frequented nosh spots. We can always rely on Blü Fish for great sushi and hot saké to keep us warm in the winter. They have a fairly wide variety of rolls both on the veggie and non-veggie side. Their caterpillars are fantastic and they are generous with the wasabi (if you’re into that sort of thing).
One of my favourite things about this place is the plates that the sushi comes on. Every time it’s something new, be it the purple galaxy or the silver leaf boat, it’s always a classy surprise.
The atmosphere would be quite bright with its red walls if it weren’t for the lack of light. Not so great for taking photos, but nice if you want to have a relaxing lunch. Although it’s probably one of the more spensive sushi places to go to in the area, it’s still one of our favourites. We recommend it.
If you live in Winnipeg, it’s pretty much a given that you’ve been to The Paddle Wheel (located on the top floor of The Bay downtown). But for whatever reason, Thom and I had only heard stories of this mythical senior’s haven. Having lived in Winnipeg my whole life, I didn’t really have an excuse, but Thom has only lived here for three years (most of those years spent trapped in University), so it was about time I caught up with Winnipeg culture and had lunch at The Paddle Wheel.
I headed straight for the salad bar and immediately lost Thom and Andrew. It probably would have been a good idea to stick with Andrew seeing as how he was an old pro. After loading my plate with almost every salad imaginable, I realized that if I wanted a hot sandwich, the best bet was to go to the meal counter and place an order. And then after realizing that, I found the infamous jell-o back at the salad bar – which required a whole plate to itself.
The whole time I was collecting plates of food, doing unorganized laps around the entire buffet area, I forgot that the price of your meal depends solely on how much your tray weighs. So this was by far the most expensive meal that I’ve had so far on Eating Out Winnipeg. Mere pennies when thinking about what it is to experience a part of Winnipeg history.
Oh and the food was pretty okay.
The Underground Café is located in the basement of a building on Arthur Street in the exchange – just a building tunnel away from our office. This makes The Underground a frequent food source of ours. The first thing you’ll probably notice once you walk down the stairway to get to the restaurant is the walls (well, probably the strong food smell first, but then the walls make you forget all about that). The walls are painted with all sorts of familiar figures including Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Joni Mitchell and Salvidor Dali. Not exactly classy, but very interesting. It gets to be like a “Where’s Waldo?” once you start looking hard enough.
One draw back of The Underground is that it makes a better summer restaurant than a winter one due to most of the sandwiches being of the cold variety, plus it’s hard to convince yourself to go outside in the morning for a breakfast bagel (which are top notch at The Underground). Luckily, we know just what to order to stay warm and enjoy our sandwiches.
Andrew and I enjoyed a hot, delicious bowl of cream of mushroom soup while Thom and Andrew sipped on some nice warm tea. As an appetizer, we ordered a plate of toasted pita bread with hummus. Very delicious.
For the main course, Thom got the “Sun Burger,” The Underground Café’s famous veggie burger. I got a “Wendy,” and Andrew got a tuna melt. Quite delicious, but definitely overshadowed by our appetizers. Overall, it was probably the best meal I’ve ever had at The Underground. So, be sure to catch them on a good day and you wont be disappointed.