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Concert for Claude

Julie Epp, a local photographer and graphic designer, is teaming up with the Living Compassion Project to put on a benefit concert. The concert will help bring a young Rwandan boy to Winnipeg to study.

Epp met Claude Hashakimana in a Kenya orphanage in 2013. Since then, Epp has kept in touch with the aspiring photographer, even adopting Hashakimana as her own son.

To cover the costs of travel, Epp has arranged a concert featuring Bold as Lions, Keith Macpherson, Elessar Thiessen and Sheena Grobb. The event is being held at the West End Cultural Centre on Nov. 16. Tickets are $15 and proceeds will go to help the GoFundMe campaign set up by Epp.

Tasty results

Three RRC grads took the top spots at last month’s Gold Medal Plates competition.

Culinary Arts graduates Norm Pastorin, Jesse Friesen and Melissa Makarenko won first, second and third place, respectively. Pastorin, who graduated from the program in 2002 and now works at The Cornerstone Bar and Restaurant, won gold for his dish — confit salmon with bacon-quinoa-salmon roe, pickled shallots, tamagoyaki and soy-ginger-anise glaze.

The competition requires chefs to prepare and serve their creation in just 90 minutes. This year’s judges included RRC’s Jeff Gill, former PegCity Grub blogger Mike Green and last year’s winner Chef Luc Jean.

Pastorin will move on to represent Winnipeg at the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna in February 2016.

Spooky spirits

Halloween weekend got a lot spookier with the release of The Other Side, a Canadian-made, paranormal investigation TV series.

The show debuted its second season on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) with a live-stream investigation from the Senator Hotel in Saskatoon. In the series, elder Jeff Richards and his team of paranormal investigators seek to find the truth about real life hauntings and some unsettled spirits of the Canadian prairies.

The series includes 13 episodes that will air every Saturday night. The first half of the season will feature Manitoban cities and towns such as Winnipeg, The Pas, Headingley and Niverville.