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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.

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Wasaga Beach Film Festival presented the 5th Annual Red Carpet Gala by OHMJAM (Online Fashion Boutique for Women)

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Wasaga Beach 5th Annual Film Festival

Exactly one year ago I signed on to be part of the Wasaga Beach Film Festival Committee (WFF) and it’s been a whirlwind ever since.  During the year we accomplished a lot, we re-branded, we changed the date from January to April 30th in order to attract more visitors and lastly we incorporated a non-profit organization – The Wasaga Society for the Arts.  I decided to present my spring/summer collection by way of hosting a fashion fundraiser wherein I wanted to introduce the Board members to the community.  That was barely over when we started gearing up for April which the Town decreed “Film Festival Month”.

In addition to all the View and Votes that were held throughout the month at various venues there was the launch of Wasaga Beach Brewing Company’s Beach 1 Cerveza.  Not only is David Cubitt one of the owners of Wasaga Beach Brewing,  he’s also a  fellow WFF Committee member as well as a sponsor.  Thanks to Wasaga Beach Brewing we had the great iconic Canadian Bobby Curtola not only attend the red carpet gala but he performed as well.

The evening started off with the Telstars performing, if you haven’t seen them check out their website for their scheduled events.  The Wasaga Beach Glee Club delighted the audience with their rendition of Video killed the Radio.  The Spoons  took us back when they sang Romantic Traffic.  Collingwood’s 2015 Idol winner, 12 year old Emma Wright wowed the crowd with Something in the Water (check her out on YouTube).  The last performance of the night came from Bobby Curtola with Fortune Teller and I have to say he still sounds fantastic.

The awards presentations were particularly important to me as I had a family member – Iris Walsh Howling who directed a beautifully written Australian film – Water Water, by Janet Brown entered.   I personally thought it made a poignant statement on the fragility of life .  It won the Silver award in the International category.   I was elated for them.   That wasn’t the only excitement of the night for me, the next came when my friends Kathy Wadham and Kevin DeAbreu’s local film “Alive” won Platinum in the National category and then won the overall Master.  It was so well made and deals with a matter close to all Canadian’s hearts – men and women in the Armed forces, Veterans and their families.

So many of our local businesses had submitted films in the advertising category and all of them were top class films.  It was difficult to pic a winner I’m sure.

Overall the night was amazing, it felt like being at the Oscars.  Congratulations to all the winners – you can all be very proud of your wins. I wouldn’t be surprised if next year we have even more entrants from all over the world.  Our festival was truly the event of the year and I’m so proud to have participated and to be a part of this talented community.  Thank you to all the people that gave of their time to help us make it such a huge success.

It’s May already, the last four months have flown by so quickly I’ve hardly had time to catch my breath. It was hectic to say the least and I can’t remember when I’ve been as busy other than when my boys were young and I was racing from work to hockey arenas to get them to their games on time.  However,  may is another busy month as I have yet more events to attend.   Before I share a few pics with you leading up to the Red Carpet Gala, I would be remiss if I didn’t share a pic of the two M’s in OHMJAM who competed at the Australian Taekwondo Nationals last month and walked away with a number of medals.  So proud of them, not only are they smart and beautiful, just add courageous to the mix.  Call me proud.

The M's in OHMJAM winning more gold and silver medals at the Australian Nationals in Taekowndo
The M’s in OHMJAM winning more gold and silver medals at the Australian Nationals in Taekowndo

Here are just a few photos leading up to the Red Carpet Gala.

 

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Spring has Arrived, a New Season – How about a New Wardrobe – by OHMJAM (Women’s online Fashion Boutique

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Spring is here and it’s one of my favourite seasons, flowers are in bloom, people are anxious to get out and about, and perhaps best of all – you can put away the winter boots, hats, coats and finally show off that figure you worked so hard all winter to get.  Even if you didn’t work at it, there’s no better incentive to get busy than to shop for a new wardrobe.

I took a much needed break last week to enjoy Easter and get caught up with friends after spending months working like a mad woman to present my 2016 Spring/Summer Collection at OHMJAM’s Fashion Fundraiser/Gala in support of the Wasaga Society for the Arts.  The event was a huge success attended by over 150 people.  Now it’s time for me to get down to business – first order of business is to finish a dress for me to wear to the Wasaga Film Festival Red Carpet Gala on April 30th and I’m leaning towards a dress the colour of the allium (featured here).

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, anybody can buy fashion but style is what you do with it.  My latest collection is about simplicity and being timeless.  It’s no secret that I adore black and white anything.  Even my last home was all about black and white.  It started one day while walking thru the Bay, I saw these hand painted dishes and had to have them.  They were so different, so unique – the only problem was my dining room was a Tuscan room filled with orange and soft yellows.

Hand Painted dishes
Hand Painted dishes

I did what any (well maybe not) – I bought the dishes and then painted the dining room black and white.  I made white slip covers for the chairs and trimmed them in black.  That one little purchase turned into a bit of an obsession for me.  There’s no denying that black and white exudes sophistication, elegance, it’s also crisp and bold.  It demands your attention and there will always be black and white pieces in my collections.

Alas I’m not all about black and white because I love colour and texture so I incorporated reds, greens and blues into the collection.  This red and white combo was about fun and comfort.

Cute and Casual
Cute and Casual

Comfort was the goal with this outfit. The skirt has soft pleats starting at the hip and can be made in any colour stripe or solid.  The raglan sleeve blouse is a shirt style without any buttons.  Seem to young for you – once we reach a certain age we tend to hide our arms and what better way to do it than with a raglan shirt.   Wear it with a skirt, shorts or your favourite jeans.  It doesn’t have to be done in polka dots or cotton, it can also be done in a jersey print or solid.  It shows just the barest of midriff and cleavage but isn’t revealing so if you don’t want to show off your midriff, wear it over a little camisole or put your bikini on and wear this little number over it.  Remove it at the beach, then put it back on when you go for lunch.

That reminds me have you got your dress for the Red Carpet gala in April? If not book a consultation with me and to celebrate Film Festival month, I’m offering a 15% discount.  Any of the pieces in my collection can be yours in your choice of colour so give us a call at 416-721-4884 or send me an email at info@ohmjam.com and let’s talk about updating your wardrobe.

 

Sale prices for month of April.
Sale prices for month of April.

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OHMJAM FASHION FUNDRAISER/GALA in support of The WASAGA SOCIETY FOR THE ARTS – by OHMJAM

Ohmjam_program_frontI promised to share pics and details after the OHMJAM Fashion Fundraiser/Gala in support of the Wasaga Society for the Arts  which took place on March 18th, 2016,so here I am doing just that and what a night it was.   We all know the story of the cobbler’s children who had no shoes – well I worked so feverishly to meet the deadline that I didn’t even have time to make a gown for myself but it didn’t matter so long as my models were gorgeous and they did a fabulous job of showcasing my Spring/Summer 2016 collection.

The theme of the event was Women on the move in Wasaga Beach because while we’re pretty casual and laid back here, make no mistake we are a force to be reckoned with.  I don’t know the stats but I’d be curious to see just how many women operate businesses in Simcoe County.  Not only do they run businesses, we have some of the most talented, beautiful and athletic women I’ve ever seen.  Case in point – my models.  There’s no denying they are all natural beauties.

As Treasurer of the newly incorporated Wasaga Society for the Arts (WSA) that I would launch my spring/summer 2016 collection with a fashion show. I also thought that it would be the perfect occasion to also introduce the members of the WSA to the community and bring awareness to the fact that we’re here and we want to do great things. Great things only happen when a community comes together to make it happen and after Friday night I have no doubt that we have the people to do just that.

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I’m sure my readers are tired of me continually going on about where I live BUT we truly are blessed to live in this little bit of heaven where the sunsets are the most beautiful I’ve ever seen and the people always greet you with a smile.  A short drive and you can be in Creemore where Creemore Brewery is or to Collingwood which is quickly becoming home to many who are tired of the fast paced, often too hectic lifestyle in the big city.
Since moving here I have become involved in a social committee, the Wasaga Beach Film Fest committee as well as the WSA and I’m also in a book club. I have been in the homes of many of our residents and I’m always in awe of the artwork that hangs on the walls (many of which are done by the resident), the photographers who live here and share with us regularly the beautiful scenes they’ve captured and the fact that almost every home here has a library.  We have a myriad of talented people from all walks of life.  Yes we are a tourist town but we are so much more.

My Fashion Fundraiser turned out to be a wonderful evening thanks to all the people helped me take it from just another event to a night to remember.  Here are a few of our guests and models for your enjoyment.

I accomplished what I set out to do and we managed to raise $2,500.o0 for the WSA.  I want to extend a personal thank you to everybody that participated.

OHMJAM Fashion Fundraiser in Support of the Wasaga Society for the Arts

Now it’s time for me to get back to the gym and get ready for our next big event – the 5th Annual Wasaga Beach Film Festival.   If you’ve never been to our Red Carpet Gala, it’s another event you shouldn’t miss.  I’ve got a month so lots of time to make a gown for this cobbler.

You can see the fashion show on our video.

In the meantime, Keep Creating!

 

 

 

All the latest from OHMJAM (Online Fashion Boutique for WOMEN)

It’s the middle of February already, can you believe it?  Well I certainly can because time is flying by and I can barely keep up.  It’s an exciting time for me as I’m preparing to launch my spring/summer 2016 collection.   Since last March when I had participated in the International Women’s Day Fashion Show, I have transitioned to Women’s fashion and I’ve been doing custom pieces.  This year I’m letting everybody know that my label OHMJAM  (Olivia, Hayden, Maeve, Jack, Ali and Mia) has arrived in Simcoe County and I’m adding a little panache to the mix by hosting a Fashion Fundraiser for the Wasaga Society for the Arts (WSA) of which I am the Treasurer.

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FASHION FUNDRAISER/GALA

Since moving to this ‘little piece of heaven’ as I refer to Wasaga Beach, we have seen changes.  Change is not always a good thing but in this case, the changes are positive and necessary.  In the past year I have gotten involved in the community, I almost felt an obligation to do so because of my family ties (an aunt and uncle who were one of the founding families in Collingwood).  In doing so, I have met so many amazingly talented people.  We also have our share of very opinionated people.  A year ago I probably wouldn’t have understood some of the opinions that are often expressed but I do now.  Life here is very different than life in the big city, it takes some getting used to but once you do, it’s hard to go back.  The lake, the view of the escarpment from the beach, the beach, the birds, the natural habitat, the beautiful homes, the warmth of the residents, it’s all enticing, intoxicating and addictive.  Our goal – we want to share it all with the world.  One way of doing that is the Wasaga Film Festival, now in its 5th year.  Changes have been made there too, they’ve re-branded, changed the date of the red carpet gala to April 30th and have incorporated the WSA, the umbrella under which the film festival will now operate.  This year is exciting as we have new  members, new partners and new plans, I’ll save that for a post after the Fundraiser.

After announcing the fundraiser, people have jumped in to help make this a spectacular event and I’ve met some truly fabulous and supportive people.   The models for this event include Joanne Blohm-Smith, Michelle Seip, Dr. Krista Markew, Deborah Bullock and Celeste Berges – all beautiful women who are representative of the ‘women on the move in Simcoe County’ which is the theme of my event.  I didn’t know these women when I approached them to model for the event but none of them hesitated to get involved and that my friends is how a community comes together to make things happen.

In addition to the models, Taura Smith has offered to do the hair and make up;  Rocco Galletta from Imagine Jewellery agreed to accessorize the women; April and Philip Worrall offered to entertain us with a latin dance (and more).

April & Philip Worrall
April & Philip Worrall

As if that wasn’t enough to get excited about, Moores’ Clothing for Men in Barrie have partnered with us to offer a special discount for the men who want to dress up for the event.

Moores' Clothing for Men
Moores’ Clothing for Men
The Groove Project
The Groove Project

 

There’s still a month left to the event and as if all of this isn’t enough, we have Wayne Buttery and the Groove Project performing along with a couple other special guests.

This truly is going to be an event you won’t want to miss.  Come out enjoy the show, meet the WSA Board members and hear what they want to accomplish, enjoy the show and spend the rest of the night dancing.  You can get your tickets at the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce. Hoping to see you there, in the meantime

 

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