We really enjoy the creative process involved in making videos. It also helps when our clients are fun to work with. That was certainly the case with Virginia and John Weber at Orofino Vineyards. Not only did we have a great time collaborating with them, we also learned a lot about what goes into making award-winning wine. Orofino was ranked #18 at the 2014 WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada in Penticton. Congratulations.
One of the best parts of being an independent communications company is that we have the flexibility to pick up our gear and hit the road. Wherever our clients need us to go – we’re there! In June, an exciting project with Raven Events and Communications took us to the Prairies to film the Aboriginal Business Match conference.
In February, we filmed ABM’s first conference of 2014 in Penticton, and we were thrilled when the organizers asked us to join them again in Saskatoon.
The event provides an opportunity for members of Aboriginal communities to connect with the private sector. Over the course of three days, ABM delegates network with various companies – sourcing out opportunities for new partnerships across the country. At ABM’s Penticton conference, 300 delegates initiated new business deals worth well over $30 million.
We chose to drive from Summerland to Saskatoon – all 1200 kilometres of it. It was long haul but with overnights in Golden, Kindersley and Canmore, the trek was worth it. First visit to the Prairies = checked off my Canadiana to-do list.
Here’s a few highlights:
1. Holiday Inn Saskatoon: This hotel was awesome! It’s brand new and located right downtown. We were on the 10th floor. The room was very clean and the staff was great.
2. Walking Tour: During our downtime we walked all over the city. Going back and forth across the bridges, we explored Broadway Street, the downtown core, checked out Saskatoon’s Moksha Yoga; went to see the movie Chef; and admired the city’s heritage homes along the South Saskatchewan River.
3. Saskatoon’s must eats: Food is incredibility important to me. I love to eat so when I travel, Tripadvisor is my best friend and so far it hasn’t let me down. My top picks:
- Nosh Eatery: one of the city’s newest restaurants. Flavourful, creative and healthy dishes. Great selection of drinks. Expect to leave satisfied and full without being bloated (always a good thing.) Think: Naam in Vancouver or The Coup in Calgary.
- The Rook & Raven: good solid pub food. Nice staff. Thumbs up.
- Museo: wicked coffee shop. Awesome coffee. Think: Habit in Victoria or Triumph in Vernon.
- Local: also an excellent coffee but takes the number #2 spot because the staff wasn’t all that friendly. I felt like I was inconveniencing them by ordering a coffee.
- Bon Temps Café: if you like seafood/Cajun – go here. I personally don’t, but the drinks, the décor and the live jazz band made for a super cool atmosphere.
4. It’s a challenge to find good Okanagan wine in Saskatoon. One waiter told us it’s because it’s too expensive to sell by the glass. A little strange, but hey, it gave the opportunity to try to new beer from Saskatoon’s two micro-breweries: The Great Western Brewing Company and Paddock Wood Beer.
Overall our trip to Saskatoon was a success – now it’s time to get editing!
(PS – Click on the title of this blog to see more photos)
The Summerland Chamber of Commerce has just launched a new tourism website and video. The project is a partnership with the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) with support from Destination BC and the District of Summerland. The video follows accomplished Summerland guitar player Kirk Dixon as he visits attractions throughout the community. Kirk was a great sport during production and agreed to wear a helmet during the bike riding scenes. Safety first. He also wrote and recorded the music for the video. In addition to working with Kirk, we also enlisted our neighbours to help with the campfire scene on the beach. One of the highlights of the production was working with the notorious Garnett Valley Gang. We setup our camera just outside the Kettle Valley Railway station prior to their arrival. We had to get there early so we wouldn’t spook the horses. The last thing you’d want to do is surprise a bunch of horses involved in a mock train robbery.
There’s something exhilarating about riding a bike down the side of a mountain. During our first big ride of the season, I attached a GoPro camera to my handlebars as we dropped 350m down Giant’s Head Mountain. It’s the ultimate adrenaline rush and offers speed with a view. The trip takes less than 5 minutes and features 14 hairpin turns. We sped up some of the shots 200%. As you can see, you have to watch out for other cyclists, pedestrians and dogs. When the gates open, you also have to watch out for vehicles. We’re planning to use some of the footage for a client video we’re working on. It’s our way of combining work and play. Note: click the ‘gear’ icon on the bottom right to watch the video in HD. -erick
Every business needs a website. We realize this. For the past 2 years and 7 months, we’ve been so busy helping small businesses and organizations share their stories, that we’ve neglected our own. Not cool, right? Alas, no longer will we be red-in-the-face when asked by a prospective client, “what’s your website?” We started out with a web page linked to our travel blog, but it was hard to find. Not anymore. Now we’re here, present and ready to curate helpful, insightful and entertaining content.
We’ll tell stories from our daily work; report on new video and communication trends; and provide amusing observations on food, wine, cats, outdoorsy activities, local events and random tasteful shit that makes us laugh. We hope you’ll enjoy our offerings enough to share them with your friends.
About this site: consider it a gateway to our company. We’d love for you to find us here, and then give us a call. Every client and project is unique so we prefer to answer your questions on the phone or in person.
We’re skilled and experienced professional communicators. Whether it’s video production, event management, public relations, or emceeing/moderating – we’re here to help you share your story!
One of our latest projects:
Client. Summerland Chamber of Commerce
Goal. To showcase Summerland as the best place to live, work and play
Released. February 2014