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Platinum Award Winner – Nancy Dyson, Sunset Grill by OHMJAM

Platinum Award - Video Advertisement Category 2016
Platinum Award – Video Advertisement Category 2016

One of the many things I love about living in a small town community is that you get to know the residents and one of those residents that always puts a smile on your face is Nancy Dyson, Platinum Award Winner in the Video Advertisement Category at the 5th Annual Wasaga Beach Film Festival 2016.

Nancy Dyson
Nancy Dyson

Nancy is the owner of Sunset Grill in Wasaga Beach and apart from providing us with terrific food, she always has a smile on her face and is such a supporter of events in the community.  Her submission into the Film Fest won the Regional Advertisement category of which OHMJAM was the sponsor.  I’m proud to feature Nancy as my guest for this blog.

Nancy congratulations on your platinum win.  I’m delighted that OHMJAM was the sponsor in this category and your win was very well deserved.  The short film truly captured the spirit of Sunset Grill, the staff and the atmosphere.  What inspired you to make the film?

Thank you for sponsoring this award and for taking the time to write this blog.  I was inspired to make a commercial for the film festival a couple of years ago.  A friend from Stonebridge volunteered for the film festival and she said “Nancy you have to do this”.  She said it will be easy to make a commercial on your phone and it will be great advertising for Sunset Grill.

Was this your first submission or have you submitted films in previous years and did you come up with the idea for the ad or did you have help?

 Last year I didn’t have time, this year my staff and I took the challenge and worked on getting small videos of the restaurant throughout the year.

The music in the video was great, who did the music for your video?

One of my servers has a brother who writes music and I asked him if he could write a song about Sunset Grill.  He gave me several songs to listen to that he had previously written  and I picked one.  One evening last fall two of my cooks and I re-wrote the lyrics to one of the songs that Steve Deger wrote.  We loved it right away!!  

It wasn’t until the videos were due to be entered that we put the whole thing together.  One of my cooks is very computer savvy so he edited it and made a commercial to the music.  It was a lot of fun making the video and we were so happy with it when it was done.

I remember seeing the video for the first time and thinking how happy everybody in it was.  Every time I’m in the restaurant your staff seem to know everybody, it’s like one big happy family and your video certainly captured that atmosphere.  How did the staff feel about the win?

That was the first film any of us had made and we were all pleased with the way it turned out.  We weren’t sure if we could win…. especially after seeing some of the films the night of the business video view and vote.  There were some really good films in that category. 

When your film win was announced there was a huge round of applause, people said that your win was the loudest of the night.

I was so surprised and happy the night of the Red Carpet Gala when Sunset Grill won the award for best business video.  It was so nice to see so many residents from Stonebridge there to cheer for us and support our video.  They are a great bunch of people.

Nancy tell us a little bit about you, how long have you lived in Wasaga Beach and have you had Sunset Grill since coming here?

I have lived here for the last 4 years.  Sunset Grill opened 3 years ago and I am so happy that I moved here.  

What would you like people to know about your experience of living, working and playing in Wasaga Beach?

This is an up and coming town that we live in and there are many great reasons why I’m happy here.  I live in a great community where the residents are mostly retired or semi-retired and they are very active in the community.  I came here from Newmarket and I am happy that I can live and play in the same town that I work in.  The people here make it so amazing!

Nancy hosted a breakfast for Bobby Curtola, the Spoons and others the day after the red carpet Gala.

Bobby Curtola, the Spoons, Peter & Judi Wilkins of Wasaga Brewing Co. and Dianna Chycki of Beach Booster Radio at Sunset Grill
Bobby Curtola, the Spoons, Peter & Judi Wilkins of Wasaga Brewing Co. and Dianna Chycki of Beach Booster Radio at Sunset Grill

Nancy’s award sits proudly in the entrance of Sunset Grill and it’s a beauty.  I’m so happy for Nancy and proud that OHMJAM could be part of it.  Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with me Nancy.

The award
The award

Sunset Grill is open 7 days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Our slogan is “Fresh is Tastiest” and we are one of few franchises who cook fresh food on the grill.  Come in and have one of our ‘Famous All Day Breakfasts‘  which is 3 eggs, 5 pieces of bacon, home fries and Texas toast.  We also have fresh salads, hamburgers, fruit salad and more…… something for everyone.

Thank you again Carol for being part of the Wasaga Film Festival.  I’m so impressed by your talent in designing/making gowns and dresses.  See you soon.

Next time you’re here stop in to Sunset Grill located at the Stonebridge Mall, try anything on their great menu (you won’t be disappointed) and say hello to Nancy.    Her winning video can be found on the Wasaga Beach Film Fest YouTube Channel – don’t forget to check it out.

In the meantime, Keep Creating!