Ready to shake, rattle and roll
ELVIS is headed for Faith Lutheran Church to rock the house on Saturday night.
Tribute artist Corny Rempel is an award-winning Elvis imitator and also a Johnny Cash tribute artist and comedian from Steinbach.
“I’ll be doing a bit of everything — a full Vegas Elvis concert with big explosive numbers and gospel medleys,” he says.
“I’ve done several Lutheran churches and the others hear of the success of the fundraiser, and they want me, too.”
But how about Elvis and his wellknown swivel hips?
“The Lutheran churches say as long as the music is clean, they’re fine with the show.”
Some of the more conservative Mennonite churches have hired Rempel as well for concerts of gospel music, which both Presley and Cash recorded throughout their careers.
Rempel’s tribute-artist career roars on, but he’s chosen to quit competing in Elvis fests. Why?
“I competed in the Ultimate Elvis competition with the world’s top-20 winners in Memphis, so I have attained my goal,” he says.
Rempel still attends the big Elvis festivals in Collingwood, Ont., where he won Elvis gospel champion in 2015, and Penticton, B.C., where he won grand champion in 2017.
“I’m friends with a lot of the guys in the top-20 Elvis competititors,” Rempel says, before joking, “Oh, we swap tricks like what type of eyeliner doesn’t run, and where we get our hair, and what kind of bronzer to use!”
When he’s not the King or the Man in Black, Rempel works the weekday morning gig at CILT 96.7 FM in Steinbach, from 5 a.m. to noon. Working all mornings and half the night can be exhausting, he says, “but it’s a high when the audience at a concert begins to engage and participate with me. It’s like I’m feeding off their energy, like a surfer riding a wave — lots of adrenalin.”
Faith Lutheran Church is at 1311 Dakota St. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.
FATBIKER FUN: Tired of being cooped up in the house? Fat biking, where you ride a bike with special fat snow tires, is all the rage in Winnipeg.
Enthusiast Robert Lagacé, a local mechanical engineer, has cycled longdistance on normal and fancy bikes for 30 years. He took up fat biking in the winter three years ago. “I love it mostly because it’s a way to get out of the house in winter,” he says. “And it’s fun.”
Says another fat biker Rick Bueckert: “People are riding on the Seine River now. It’s very cosy and intimate down there. And we ride with lights and appear as a string of fireflies rolling by. Totally cool.”
He adds: “This fat bike community is like a subculture in a way; riders enjoy a special bond. You would never guess who rides fat bikes here. I rode in the Global Fat Bike Day Ride with over 125 fat riders all together.”
Woodcock Cycle Works (433 St. Mary’s Rd., 204-253-5896) organizes fat rides several times a week. Visit woodcockcycle.com for more details.
SUPER DINNER AND SHOW OFFER: Did holiday shopping put a damper on your January entertainment budget? Here’s a hot tip: Celebrations Dinner Theatre is lowering the price on the More Dirty Dancing show to $56.78 (including taxes and multicourse dinner) for weekday shows — Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays — to the end of their run on Jan. 27. Call 204-982-8282 for tickets.
DANCE LIKE AN EGYPTIAN: Wellknown Winnipeg belly-dance choreographer and teacher Nikki (Nicola) Tresoor invites couch potatoes and dance athletes alike to come out for bellydancing.
You can join in Thursday night at Rising Star Academy of Arts, 10-1600 Regent Ave. W., which they claim has “the best floor in the city” — important when people are dancing in bare feet.
The 8 p.m. class, called Essentials, teaches “the most common movements and variations of modern and classical Egyptian dance.”
The 9 p.m. class is for more advanced students and offers Raks Sharqi and a southern Egyptian folk dance called saidi. Contact Rising Star at 204-669-2369 to register. ODAY’S topic for inquiring minds is: exactly why did they create the (bad word) internet in the first place anyway?
Without doing any actual research, I would have to say there are three main reasons for the creation of what I used to call the “Intra-Web” until my kids started making fun of me, namely:
● Sharing pictures of Pamela Anderson from the old Baywatch TV series;
● Sharing LOL pictures of cats wearing hats and/or climbing in and out of cardboard boxes;
● Resolving bar bets over who won the Stanley Cup in 1942 (for the record, it was the Toronto Maple Leafs);
But I am starting to have second thoughts. Lately, I have begun to think the real reason for the birth of the internet was to spark idiotic, timewasting debates over trivial items to ensure our national productivity levels fall below those of most developing countries.
For starters, let’s think about that unforgettable “blue dress versus gold dress” debate that melted the internet three years ago.
For those of you with short attention spans — “Hello? Hello? OK, yes, that dog has a fluffy tail, but I’m trying to make a point here” — I am talking about a photograph that became a viral sensation in February 2015 because social-media users could not agree on whether the dress in the picture was black and blue or white and gold.
In the first week after this photo surfaced, more than 10 million tweets mentioned the dress — at its peak, the photo was getting 14,000 views every second — proving people who live their lives on the internet will argue about anything.
The other night, my wife and I stared at this iconic photo and we both agreed the dress was white and gold, which, in fact, is absolutely WRONG, because it turns out the dress is, in fact, black and blue.
Neuroscientists, who apparently had nothing better to do, told the media that people saw the dress differently because of the way the human brain perceives colour, and chromatic adaptation and a tendency “to discount the chromatic bias of the daylight axis” and blah blah blah, if you catch our scientific drift.
As if that wasn’t divisive enough, the internet was fractured again early last year when no one could agree on whether a voice on a viral audio clip was saying the word “Yanny” or “Laurel.”
Seriously, you could not hop on social media last year without joining Team Yanny or Team Laurel, depending on which word you thought you heard the voice saying.
Naturally, scientists, who have apparently finished curing most major diseases, couldn’t wait to study this phenomenon, and they found 53 per cent of people (especially those with older ears, such as myself) heard the