Berns & Black | Scott Ramos
Scott Ramos from Berns and Black from ranee dong on Vimeo. In the creative field, perspective is everything. The manner in which you approach your craft means everything. Scott Ramos, Famos Ramos as he is known to most, is a glowing example of taking your craft beyond the means of the mundane and elevating the bar for his field. Scott has cut the hair of everyone from Raekwon to the much talked about and followed hair adventures of Mr. Evander Kane. You would think one would be content with an already impressive clientele list, but Scott continues to soak up every industry tid-bit, pushing his work to new levels. Through industry shows, events and a strong social media presences, Scott has built an already impressive global following, being sought out by just about everyone who rolls through town. You can line something up with Scott at Berns and Black at 468 Main. “A barber isn’t just the guy who stands behind a chair and makes you look good. A barber is your consultant, psychologist, and friend”. – Scott Ramos Keep up with Famos on Twitter, Instagram and shortly on his new website http://www.scottramos.com Follow @faaamos
Local | Winnipeg’s Got Sole
Winnipeg’s Got Sole is the brain child of Frendell Cano. Mixing his passion for sneaker culture and philanthropy, Frendell reached out to Jerry Legaspi and Johann Generao. The crew began formulating a plan that would see the growth of sneaker culture in Winnipeg while lending a hand to local charity and community groups. “Winnipeg’s Got Sole was just an idea that I had simply based on the premise of doing something I’m passionate about while giving something back to the local charity or community. When I had established Winnipeg’s Got Sole, I had 3 missions in mind. First, was to connect and unite all the sneaker connoisseurs or sneakerheads in and around the Winnipeg area through various events, programs, and initiatives as well as via social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Second, was to promote the steady growth of the sneaker culture in Winnipeg and to show how solid and diverse it really is in our city. The third and last goal is a unique one. I wanted to incorporate the charity aspect and be the first non-profit sneaker group in Winnipeg that partners with local charities and communities by giving back gently used/worn shoes collected at all our events and ensure that we donate them at no-end cost to our charity partners.” Their inaugural event will be The Winnipeg Sneaker Swap Expo which is slated June 29th and will be the first ever sneaker convention in Winnipeg’s history. Attendees will have the opportunity to buy, sell, trade and/or showcase their sneakers at the event in a similar format to that of Dunkxchange or Sneakerpimps. What makes the upcoming event unique and different however, is that Winnipeg’s Got Sole will be incorporating a charity aspect in which participants will be encouraged to bring gently used/worn shoes that will … Continue reading
Alex Petric | HelpAlexHeal.com
I woke up Thursday morning and like most mornings, rolled over, fumbled my hand for my phone and then proceeded to make my way through the Winnipeg Free Press app with one eye squinting to read the latest happenings in the city. The last story I read was about Winnipeg Paramedic Alex Petric and for some reason it was fixated on my mind for the next few days. WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Mike McIntyre It was going to be a dream vacation for two Winnipeg paramedics as they set out last month for a lengthy trek through Central America. But an accident just four days into their two-month journey resulted in a life-changing nightmare for the young couple. Alex Petric, 28, was paralyzed from the ribs down after diving head-first into what he thought was deep water on an island in Panama. Doctors say he will never walk again as a result of the March 4 accident. Petric’s girlfriend, Meagan Minaker, was forced to put aside the emotions of witnessing the trauma and calmly use her medical training to get Petric out of the water and stabilized. “I just remember him saying ‘Meagan, I can’t feel my legs,’ ” Minaker told the Free Press Wednesday. “I jumped into the water to keep his spine straight. I could feel the fracture, I could feel the bulge.” The couple had been staying at a hostel and had walked out on a pier that was about 30 metres from shore. The owners had told them the area at the end of the pier was popular with swimmers, and Minaker said the water was dark and cloudy, which hid the fact it was only about a metre deep. “It doesn’t drop off as much as you’d think. The paralysis was instantaneous when he hit,” said … Continue reading
CONTEST | March Madness Bracket
We are hosting the 2nd Annual Oak + Oar March Madness Bracket contest over at ESPN. It is open to all and the winner will take home their choice of an Oak + Oar Summer Loitering Hood and tee of their choice or three tees of their choice. Not bad considering it will take you all of 10 minutes to put together. Group: Oak + Oar Password: summerloitering Think you have what it takes to take home the Championship? I often wonder what it would be like to put together a perfect bracket. I did some quick research and found out that the odds of you filling out a perfect bracket this year are a staggering 1 in 9.2 quintillion. That’s a nine with 18 zeroes or 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 if you’re not into the whole rounding thing. • That’s one billion, 9.2 billion times. • It’s 500,000 times more than our $17 trillion national debt of the United States. • You’d have a better chance of hitting four holes-in-one in a single round of golf. The 1 in 9.2 quintillion number is straight mathematics. It figures out how many possible ways the 63 game results on your bracket could be filled out. (Two to the sixty-third power.) But it doesn’t account for standard basketball logic, like No. 1 seeds always advancing in the first round or tournament champions usually having a top-four seed or Duke’s dual advantage of having a legend like Coach K and never getting called for a blocking foul. If you know something about the NCAA tournament, the odds of a perfect bracket are more like 1 in 128 billion. So good luck and let the trash talk begin. (via)
VISUALS | CHRISTOPHER PAETKAU AND TREVOR ADAM GILL
A couple really great visuals by Winnipeg based film makers Christopher Paetkau and Trevor Adam Gill. BIKE! from Trevor Adam Gill on Vimeo. Greetings From Churchill from Christopher Paetkau on Vimeo.
Documentary | Big Lake Surf
Film maker Quinn Merkeley set out on a documentary here in Manitoba featuring the Landlock Surf Crew. The Manitoba based crew, consisting of Tom Stimson, Colin Fuchs, Stephen Carroll and Will Bergmann (whom for the record allowed us the use of his barn to shoot our first Homegrown video with Del Barber), have spent years, not only perfecting the art of lake surfing, but hunting for the ideal surf location on Lake Manitoba that today is only referred to as location X. I would love to know the amount of miles these guys have put on their cars pursuing their passion. The hunt for location X begins. _________________ Quinn Merkeley is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Directors’ Lab and the National Screen Institute’s Totally Televisino program. He studied filmmaking directly under Ron Howard through all phases of production on the Universal Studio’s feature, Cinderella Man. On top of that he has four feature film scripts and numerous television series currently optioned. (via. NiceProductions)
SPRING CLEANING | MYSTERY BOX SALE
We are making way for 2013 and in doing so we willbe having a Mystery Box Sale. Pretty simple, head to our online store and select one of our Mystery Boxes priced at $50, $75, $100 and $200. Sales runs through until the 16th or while supplies last. Limited amount of boxes and sizes. If box contains a ‘Fleece’ item this will be either a hood or varsity. If box contains accessories this will be a Good Wood piece and/or pocket square. All items are final sale. A few unreleased samples will be placed in boxes. Cheers. $50 / $75 / $100 / $200
Weekend Pop-Up and Classic
A big thanks to everyone who made it out on Saturday. Sure wasn’t warm but nonetheless a good time. Unfortunately only managed to get the gloves off and the camera out for a couple minutes during the round robin and failed to capture the winning team in its entirety. Congrats to Kam for winning the shoot-out competition and the $100 gift card, though my money rests on the shoulders of the Wiebe brothers from Winkler next year if they can find the back of the net.
This past year seemed to fly by. As I was going over a few posts from this year I noticed that I often used the terms “we” and “us”. I found this pretty awesome. One because I realize that I was subconsciously trying to make the brand appear large then it was (the power of the internet – and this will continue). Oak + Oar is my side project, no partners, no investors, just a few bucks I saved up, invested into something I really wanted to do and am passionate about. But truth be told, when the sun set on this year, and I had a few dollars to do it again, it was because of a larger group of people. So I wanted to take a minute to thank a few people. Most importantly everyone reached into their pockets and supported my passion. Without the support this would have been a short journey. So thank you. Amanda for keeping my books in check. I might be able to draw a picture but don’t ask me where my GST# is. Why do I have to keep receipts? James for shooting the very first lookbook back for Fall/Winter 2011. Unfortunately it never saw the light of day but the photos were really rad. Everyone who got their model on thus far Calin, Eric, Kris, Mike, Kevin, Kayla, Jaime, Sean, Amanada, Meagen. Meagen for the patience and support. Khammy for shooting Summer 2012. Ryan for promoting our Summer 2012 release party. Kevin for carrying the brand at TUB. Atlanta Larry for offering some brand advice in the early stages. Connie for doing a feature with us for the Winnipeg Free Press. Anyone who posted the collections online. Andy and Jason for ensuring Oak + Oar had a voice on twitter other than … Continue reading
Oak AND OAR CLASSIC AND POP-UP SHOP
We are excited to announce our second pop-up shop event and our first annual Oak + Oar Classic. So come out to Wildwood Park Community Centre on January 26th beginning at 2:30pm for a little shiny. Bring your skates, sticks and gloves and whatever skill level you may posses and join us for a few hours of shinny at everyone’s favourite outdoor rink. And while you’re here check out our Fall/Winter 2012 line ‘The Life After Midnight’ which will be available for purchase. If all goes accordingly we will have two suited up goalies. We are still working on the format which will depend on turn out so if you plan on attending let us know via our Facebook Event page. We also wanted to have some sort of shoot-out contest at the end where you can put on display your Pavel Bure, so make any purchase during the event and gain entry into our shoot out competition. Each shooter will get three shots of which will be judged. Most creative goal scorer will walk away with a $100 Oak + Oar credit that can be used on the 26th or a later date. Prizes will also be awarded to the second and third place. Shootout will start at 4:45pm. Come for the game, come for the shoot-out, come for the pop-up shop, or come and spectate. All skill levels are welcome to participate. Stay tune for more details.