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MAY 2009  VOLUME NO.1

 

Voting Deadline Quickly Approaching
THIS FRIDAY IS THE LAST DAY TO VOTE
MAY 6, 2009

Manitobans are voting with great enthusiasm for their favourite town in the Celebrate Manitoba Day contest.

With three days remaining in the voting process, the support is pouring in and it’s looking to be a very close race amongst the five finalists.

“Over 10,000 votes have been received to date and the race is really starting to heat up,” said Kevin Walters, Executive Director, Manitoba Homecoming. “Since voting began on April 8th, people have been getting behind the contest. We received over 2000 votes within the first 24 hours of the contest and the enthusiasm has continued!”

Walters reminds everyone to visit the Homecoming website and cast their vote before May 8th at 6:00 pm. “It really is such a close race that I think it’ll go down to the wire. People shouldn’t assume anything – it’s anyone’s game.” Voters are only allowed to vote once for their favourite town.

The stakes are high for La Broquerie, La Salle, Morden, Neepawa and Thompson. The town receiving the most votes will be awarded the grand prize of hosting Manitoba’s official birthday on May 12, 2010. Details on the actual celebration will be determined once the location has been selected but the winner can expect a formal ceremony to mark the province’s 140th birthday and a celebration which will include all the goodies needed to host a great party including a concert by an award-winning Manitoba group!

The remaining top four communities will each receive a secondary prize, which consists of a Manitoba Homecoming grant to be used towards the planning of a Homecoming event in 2010.


To cast your vote by May 8th at 6:00 pm, visit www.manitobahomecoming2010.com

MANITOBA HOMECOMING BRINGS A TASTE OF THE PARTY TO TORONTO

Manitoba Homecoming was in Toronto recently to invite ex-pat Manitobans to come home in 2010.

To help market the year long celebration, an international marketing campaign has begun. This campaign includes a number of events including a series of “Manitoba Socials” taking place across Canada and the US that will begin this spring. The first of these “socials” took place April 17th at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto.

The turnout was fantastic with over 200 people enjoying an evening of social fun featuring great music, live performances and of course, tasty traditional social food,

The social evening was only one part of the Manitoba Homecoming visit. Homecoming teamed up with Manitoba Music who hosted a free concert April 16th at the Rivoli and showcased three of Manitoba’s most innovative bands – Oldfolks Home, The Details and Tele.  As well, the University of Manitoba’s Alumni Association held an alumni reception on April 17th.


Memories of home...Manitoba Homecoming 2010 lays out the traditional "social spread" at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. Ex-pats quickly remember social protocal and form a line while Torontonians watch in awe!


 MANITOBA HOMECOMING CELEBRATES WITH PETER PAN AND THE RWB WHILE THEY PERFORM IN VANCOUVER

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet took Peter Pan on the road and performed at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver in March.  Manitoba Homecoming 2010 was there and sponsored an evening in conjunction with the RWB.


Ex-pat Karen Hamm attends Peter Pan and introduces her daughter to a Winnipeg institution!



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