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Winnipeg Student Covers ‘Little Drummer Boy’ in YouTube Hit

A 16-year-old Charleswood musician is quickly becoming a hit on YouTube after performing a cover of the song Little Drummer Boy.

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Sean Quigley composed, shot and produced the video, which is quickly gaining hits online since being uploaded on Thursday.

The video features Quigley performing the song in various locations throughout Winnipeg, and even includes appearances by family members and friends, who hold up signs saying “Merry Christmas” in various languages.

The Oak Park High School student has received positive feedback from his peers on the video, which virally spread through the school yesterday.

On his YouTube page, one viewer asked, “When can I get this [song] on iTunes?”

By Friday morning, the video already had more than 3,000 views and counting.

YouTube Hits Adding Up for Winnipeg Harvest Donations

An initiative between Winnipeg Harvest and Peak of the Market to collect fresh vegetables for the food bank is continuing to gain momentum.

Peak of the Market has pledged to donate 10 pounds of veggies for every view local magician Brian Glow’s Vanishing Vegetables video receives on YouTube. Since November 9, more than 43,000 views have been tallied.

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In the video, the world-renowned illusionist performs several tricks in front of Peak of the Market president Larry McIntosh.

“That kind of magic can really grow on a person,” Winnipeg Harvest executive director David Northcott said. “I wish we could make food magically appear for everyone who is hungry.”

Up to half a million pounds of vegetables will be donated during the campaign.

YouTube to Live Stream Royal Wedding on April 29

Not only will the upcoming royal wedding be occupying nearly every TV channel on April 29, but the Internet will be a buzz as well.

YouTube plans to live stream the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton beginning at 4 a.m. CT on the Royal Channel.

Along with the video stream will be a live blog with commentary, and Twitter feeds from Clarence House and St. James’ Palace staff.

YouTube is expecting the event to be the biggest they’ve ever streamed. Approximately two billion people are predicted to tune into the wedding via the web, on mobile devices and on their TVs.

City to Use Social Media to Communicate Flood Updates

The City of Winnipeg is catching up to the times by implementing the use of social media to comunicate flood and emergency preparedness strategies.

The city has activated a Facebook, Twitter and YouTube account, which will support their existing EmergWeb site to provide residents with additional sources of up-to-date information.

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Randy Hull says that staying informed and planning ahead are the most important things people can do to stay safe during an emergency situation.

The city’s EmergWeb website is regularly updated during an emergency and is available 24/7.

Maria Aragon Appears on the ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’

Maria Aragon Appears on the ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’

Winnipeg’s newest celebrity, Maria Aragon, appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday after a successful Facebook campaign (video above).

The 10-year-old singer’s cover of Lady Gaga’s current hit Born This Way shot her to instant fame last week and has now passed 10 million YouTube views.

Asked by Ellen why she chose to cover that particular song, Aragon said, “Because of the meaning of the song. It’s a really great meaning. It’s about just being yourself because God may you who you are and you’re no different than anybody else.”

Aragon performed her famous cover for the TV audience, which she taped on Monday, followed by a standing ovation and a gift basket from Ellen.

On Friday, Aragon spoke to Gaga herself during a radio interview, and was invited to perform a duet in Toronto on March 3.

Aragon is also scheduled to appear on “Good Morning America” Thursday morning.

Prime Minister to Take Questions on YouTube

Canadians will have a chance to ask Prime Minister Stephen Harper questions this morning after he delivers his response to the Speech from the Throne. Beginning at 9:45 a.m. CT, the public can visit YouTube.com/talkcanada to view the live stream and submit questions via video or text, and vote on their favourites.

It’s a partnership between Google-owned YouTube, and the Canadian government, similar to U.S. President Barack Obama‘s recent online interview.

Prime Minister Harper will answer a selection of the top-voted questions in a YouTube interview on Tuesday, March 16 at 6 p.m. CT.

No word if the PM’s next step into the social media world will include Chatroulette.

Slow Motion Pedigree Commercial Goes Viral

By Brian Schultz

At over 1 million views on YouTube, this slow motion commercial for Pedigree with dogs jumping for a treat is in full viral swing.

The commercial was shot with a Phantom camera at 1,000 frames per second and has the right element of a viral video: animals.

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“The ‘Catch’ spot was to be a series of shots of dogs looking with anticipation as a piece of dog food is flying through the air towards them. The super slow motion really captured this intense sense of desire in the dogs’ eyes,” director Bob Purman explained.

YouTube Will Live Stream U2 Concert

By Tyler Sutherland

YouTube is desperately trying to push its way into the realm of live streaming and they’ll continue with one of the biggest bands in the world.

The video website is going to stream U2‘s Rose Bowl concert this Sunday, October 25 at 10:30 p.m. CT from Pasadena, California. Having streamed events in the past, such as an Obama press conference and the Outside Lands concert, YouTube wants to expand its reach.

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The concert will be available for viewing in 16 countries. Fans can visit YouTube.com/U2 to tune in.

College Stadiums Ban Social Media

College Stadiums Ban Social Media

By Tyler Sutherland

Southeastern ConferenceOn Monday, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) released new guidelines for attending any of their sporting events at college stadiums across the U.S. They include a complete ban on using social media while in sports facilities, which means no more Facebook, Twitter, Twitpic or YouTube. The reason behind the ban is so that only authorized media have exclusive broadcast rights — in this case, CBS.

Because we all know what a threat some fan on their BlackBerry snapping a pic of the field from the upper deck and posting it to Twitter can be.

What’s clear is that the SEC wants to protect its contract with CBS. What’s not clear is why they want to completely abolish free publicity to their games by not allowing social media.

Some people just don’t get it. Social media should be viewed as a welcome additive to compliment the broadcast coverage and put more fans in the seats.

Stopping anyone from streaming video from their phone or Twittering while in their seat will be very hard to enforce. It’s best to leave things the way they are, or a fan backlash, along with bad PR, may be quickly around the corner.

— With files from TechCrunch.com