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Winnipeg Woman Representing Canada at Music Trade Mission in New York

Winnipeg Woman Representing Canada at Music Trade Mission in New York

By Tyler Sutherland

Jane Puchniak
Jane Puchniak, Pipe & Hat Music Group’s director of marketing, communications and digital assets, will represent Canada at the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) music trade mission November 7-10. (HANDOUT)

Winnipeg’s music scene will have a voice at the upcoming Canadian Independent Music Association music trade mission in New York City.

Jane Puchniak from local music firm Pipe & Hat Music Group will represent the CIMA November 7-10.

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Syvixay to Represent Winnipeg’s Downtown in New York

Syvixay to Represent Winnipeg’s Downtown in New York

Jason Syvixay
Jason Syvixay (CPRS / HANDOUT)
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ managing director Jason Syvixay is off to New York to represent the city to the International Downtown Association.

Syvixay is one of 26 industry professionals chosen to attend the inaugural Emerging Leader Fellowship Program, June 19-24.

“I’m eager to learn from my colleagues around the world about placemaking best practices to best engage businesses, residents, and community to imagine what is possible, and to learn more about the various public-private partnerships that can be built to stimulate development plans and mixed-income housing and neighbourhoods,” Syvixay said.

“I’m also excited to share with the other fellows all of the exciting initiatives and programs that are making Winnipeg a world-class destination and urban lab.”

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Selinger in New York to Promote Trade with Manitoba

Greg Selinger (MAURICE BRUNEAU / CHRISD.CA FILE)
Greg Selinger (MAURICE BRUNEAU / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and local business leaders are in New York this week to promote Manitoba as an investment destination for future commerce growth.

Selinger recently met with newly-appointed United States Ambassador Bruce Heyman, and emphasized the importance of Manitoba’s economic ties with the United States.

Winnipeg does $330 million worth of bilateral trade every year with New York, New Jersey and Long Island, making it Winnipeg’s top U.S. metro trading partner.

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New Flyer Awarded $138M Contract from NYC Transit

New Flyer IndustriesWinnipeg-based New Flyer Industries has landed a contract for 276 40-foot Xcelsior buses from the New York City Transit Authority.

The contract, valued at $138 million, will see New Flyer produce the fleet by the fourth quarter of 2015. Production is set to begin later this year, with the delivery of four pilot buses.

NYCT and MTA Bus Company comprise the largest transit agency in North America with over 5,700 transit buses in their fleet of which approximately 1000 or 17% are New Flyer buses.

— Staff

Manitoba Acts Nominated for Native American Music Awards

Manitoba Acts Nominated for Native American Music Awards

Singer Ali Fontaine performs during a news conference to launch the Manito Ahbee Festival in downtown Winnipeg on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. (SCOTT BENESIINAABANDAN / HANDOUT)
Singer-songwriter Ali Fontaine has been nominated for three Native American Music Awards (SCOTT BENESIINAABANDAN / HANDOUT)

Three Aboriginal musical acts from Manitoba have been nominated for six Native American Music Awards (NAMA) this year.

Ali Fontaine has been nominated in the best country recording category for her self-titled album, along with C-Weed for Forever. Fontaine has also picked up nominations for songwriter of the year and best female artist. Indian City has been nominated for best pop recording of the year and record of the year for Supernation.

The awards, which were originally postponed by Superstorm Sandy, will be handed out during the 14th annual awards gala on May 10 at the Seneca Niagara Events Centre in Niagara Falls, New York.

— Staff

Winnipeg Design Firm Draws Eyes in New York

99 Red Balloons created by Winnipeg’s Nadi Urban Design Studio (HANDOUT)

A Winnipeg urban design firm could soon be turning heads in New York with their unique work.

Nadi Urban Design Studio has proposed to float 99 giant red balloons above a former Manhattan landfill site. The art installation would generate clean energy while reminding people that something beautiful and productive can come out of garbage.

The Winnipeg “99 Red Balloons” plan was selected as one of the four best ideas in the world from 250 submissions and 39 countries through the Land Art Generator Initiative earlier this week.

Each balloon floating above the 2,200-acre landfill would be lined with hi-tech solar panels and would collectively produce enough renewable energy to power 4,500 homes a year. The balloons plan to be flown 100-feet above the ground and are 50-feet tall by 40-feet wide.

“Every major city has a former landfill site that can be a great public park and can capture clean energy — even the Brady Road Landfill or Kilcona Park,” said Nadi principal and founder Emeka Nnadi.

The University of Manitoba landscape architecture graduate returned to Winnipeg a few years ago after moving to Chicago to pursue his career. Upon returning to the city, he worked for Smith Carter Architects and Engineers before opening his own design firm.

“I’m proud to be a small part of Winnipeg’s positive evolution, and delighted to participate in the global challenge to make sustainability beautiful and even sometimes playful.”

New Flyer to Manufacture 90 New York City Buses

New Flyer’s Xcelsior bus model (WIKIPEDIA)

Winnipeg’s New Flyer Industries has been awarded a contract to build 90 heavy-duty 60-foot Xcelsior clean diesel buses for the New York City Transit Authority and the MTA Bus Company.

Production will begin immediately and be carried out of New Flyer’s St. Cloud, Minnesota facility.

In the last two years, New Flyer has delivered 385 low-floor 40-foot CNG buses and recently built 90 40-foot Xcelsior clean diesel buses — both fleets currently operating in New York. In July 2012, NYCT assigned a contract they held with Daimler Buses North America, Inc. to New Flyer to build an additional 74 40-foot CNG buses.

New Flyer Lands Contract for 74 NYC Buses

New Flyer’s Xcelsior bus model (WIKIPEDIA)

Winnipeg-based New Flyer Industries Inc. has been awarded the contract to build 74 CNG (compressed natural gas) buses for the New York City Transit Authority.

Production on the heavy-duty 40-foot buses will begin in August and are expected to be delivered to the NYCT by the end of the year. The contract includes an additional 30 option buses that will not be ordered at this time.

The present order will be virtually identical to New Flyer’s existing contract with NYCT for 385 buses currently in production. Final assembly of the fleet will take place in New Flyer’s Crookston, Minnesota facility.

Students Travelling to NYC for Human Rights Conference

University of Winnipeg collegiate students Zainab Doleeb, Claire Paetkau, Benjamin Chafe, and Karis Hutlet will attend the United Nations Student Conference on Human Rights in New York City, accompanied by the collegiate's acting dean, Richard Martin. (HANDOUT)

Four University of Winnipeg Collegiate students are joining this year’s United Nations Student Conference on Human Rights in New York City.

Benjamin Chafe, Zainab Doleeb, Karis Hutlet, and Claire Paetkau will be alongside 10 other Canadians from Quebec and Alberta, when they leave today on the five-day trip to mingle with other student delegates from around the world.

The students will tackle this year’s theme of Discrimination and Human Rights Defenders at UN headquarters, with four sub-themes, including Discrimination Against Persons with HIV/AIDS, Discrimination Against Women, Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities, and Racial Discrimination.

Acting collegiate dean Richard Martin will be accompanying the students on the trip.

Classic Guy Maddin Film Coming to Life On Stage

Classic Guy Maddin Film Coming to Life On Stage

Tales from the Gimli Hospital (FILMLINC.COM)

Acclaimed Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin’s 1988 classic “Tales from the Gimli Hospital” is getting some renewed attention in the form of a live performance in New York City this weekend.

“Tales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed” will feature an in-person performance directed by Maddin himself, and a new score created by composer Matthew Patton. The 90-minute live cinematic and musical event will run tonight and Saturday at the Walter Reade Theater.

Icelandic musicians, acclaimed Seattle-based musical collective Aono Jikken Ensemble, and live electronics engineer Paul Corley will also contribute to the film’s revival.

“The original film tells the dreamlike, elliptical story of the jealousy and madness instilled in two men sharing a hospital room in a remote Canadian village. The film first propelled Maddin to international prominence, becoming a success on the midnight movie circuit, and is now being completely transformed by this brand new performance,” according to FilmLinc.com.

Maddin last directed “Mundo Invisível” earlier this year — an anthology film following different stories around the theme of invisibility in the modern world.