Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mary Ann Watts of Wild Wing Wasaga Beach Wins Platinum

There’s plenty of talent at the Stonebridge Town Centre in Wasaga Beach: Mary Ann Watts of Wild Wing won the Platinum Award in the Regional Music Video Category at the Fourth Annual Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival.

Mary Ann Watts
Photo by Enrique Miranda
Watts directed “Burn” by local band TooNice. This is the second win for Watts. To see the award-winning video, visit

“The TooNice Band were really fun to work with and would do anything I would ask— from shooting on top of a store roof, on a pontoon boat and being submerged in the lake. Their response was always ‘No problem’,” Watts says.

Winners in several categories were announced at the WBSFF4 Red Carpet Gala Awards on Jan. 24 at the RecPlex—220 people attended.

Last year Watts won the Platinum Award for Southern Georgian Bay Music Video at the Third Annual Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival for “There is a Light" by singer-songwriter Rebecca Stephens. For Watts, directing music videos is an extension of her passion for photography: she is a wedding photographer— Mary Ann Watts Photography.

“I’ve always secretly wanted to be a ‘rock star’ but I can’t sing or play an instrument—even after all the 'private lessons,' Watts says. “I truly have an admiration of the drive, creativity and challenges that many musicians have endured. Through my photography and film production, I feel I have an understanding and connection to their music. I am so grateful that I have been given the gift of photography that I can share and express through music," she adds.

Watts is grateful for all of the people who participated in the making of the video and those who have helped and mentored her. "Most of all I would like to thank all our friends and judges that voted for the TooNice “Burn” music video," Watts says.

Gary Cerantola, chair of the Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival says the WBSFF contributes to “Building the creative economy and fulfilling its mission of bringing the world to Wasaga Beach through a shared passion for film and the power of storytelling.”

The festival received 57 submissions— 47 qualified— from around the world and around the corner: Australia, Egypt, France, Israel, Ireland, Japan, the U.K., the U.S., plus British Columbia, Newfoundland, Barrie, Collingwood, Midland, Nottawa, Ottawa, Tiny Stratford, Toronto, and of course Wasaga Beach. 

Fourth Annual Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival Winners

International Master Category
Platinum Award
First Lesson In love by Tomer Werechson

Gold Award
The Painting by Maxime Brulein

Silver Award
Lost by Mohamed Abd El Kader

National Master Category
Platinum Award
The Artic Experiment by Kenneth Edwards

Gold Award
Sweet Coffee by Mousa Ghodratifard

Silver Award
Before the War by Ruth Lawrence

Regional Master Category Award
Severed Ties by Matt Tipold

Regional Action/Comedy/Drama
Platinum Award
Severed Ties by Matt Tipold

Gold Award
Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce Video by Denise Hayes, Producer Nate Lacroix

Silver Award
Labelled the Movie by Lana Turcic-Brandau

Regional Music Video Category
Platinum Award
“Burn” TooNice by Mary Ann Watts

Gold Award
“Holdin’ My Breath” Austin McCarthy by Matt Tipold

Silver Award
“Null” by Maria Magovskaia

Regional Video Advertisement Category
Platinum Award
“The Smoke” – Collingwood by Cam Dyment

Gold Award
“Not the Sac” Wax by Andre Arevalo

Silver Award
Everyday is Sundae!” by Sylvia Bray

Congratulations to all of the winners.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Photos with Santa

It’s a time-honoured Christmas tradition for the young, young-at-heart and now our canine friends: having your photo taken with Santa.

Once again the merchants of the Stonebridge Town Centre in Wasaga Beach are hosting Santa’s Castle for photos with Santa.

Santa’s Castle is located in the Stonebridge Town Centre between Sunset Grill and Active Health Care and will be open from Dec. 4 to 21. You never know when the Stonebridge Princess will appear.

Photos cost $12 and the proceeds will be donated to the Wasaga Beach Public Library building fund: Santa’s Helpers are volunteers supporting this fund. The photography is sponsored by Wild Wing Wasaga Beach and the printing is sponsored by the UPS Store.

Santa is pretty busy, so his castle hours are Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Take your dog for a photo with St. Nick on Wednesday Dec. 10 and 17 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Global Pet Foods is supplying dog treats: last year 46 dogs visited Santa’s Castle. 

Photos with Santa’s make great memories and gifts: they are a wonderful way to get energized for Christmas. It’s fun for kids and adults, so why not take a big smile, a few of your pals, your best guy or gal and have your photo taken with St. Nick.

“You are never too old to visit Santa,” says Mary Ann Watts of Wild Wing.

To generate a good photo, here are some tips:
•Take your little one after they’ve had a nap and perhaps something eat
•If your child is fussy take their favourite toy to help soothe them or make them smile
•Introduce them to Santa a few days before your photo day, so they won’t be scared
•Be patient with him or her
•For adults, go in with a sense of whimsy and joy
•Wear something comfortable and makes you feel great.

The Stonebridge Town Centre is located at 291 Main Street at Zoo Park Road in Wasaga Beach, just steps from Beach 1. Parking is free:

- Erica Phillips

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Get Ready to Rock at Wild Wing Wasaga Beach

The John Marshall Band will have Wild Wing Wasaga Beach rockin’ this Friday Nov. 28 from 8 p.m. to midnight.

This group of guys has been playing top 40, classic rock and blues-rock for a long time.

“The John Marshall Band has been together for so long we remember when the Dead Sea was just sick,” John Marshall jokes.

The band features Steve Scott on bass and harmony vocals, Steve Chreptak on drums and Marshall on guitar and lead vocals.

“We have performed in so many places, but there are some special times, e.g. we used to back up many blues performers from Europe when they visited Toronto. The Steves are a wonderful rhythm section and very easy to play with,” Marshall adds.

Fans can expect to hear The John Marshall Band cover songs by the Rolling Stones, CCR, The Beatles, REM, Tom Petty, CCR and more.

Wild Wing Wasaga Beach is located at 321 Main Street in the Stonebridge Town Centre. Call 705-429-8400.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Amp up your special occasion at Wild Wing Wasaga Beach

Create great memories with a party at Wild Wing Wasaga Beach in the Stonebridge Town Centre. Mary Ann Watts has developed a series of packages for the young and young-at heart with various themes.

Wild Wyatt
The Buckaroo Package
Designed for children, the Buckaroo Package features a decorated reserved area, a private hostess, a visit from “Wild Wyatt” and a choice of chicken or hot dogs with fries. Choose from a variety of themes.

Each ‘cowboy’ and ‘cowgirl’ will get a treat: the birthday ‘cowboy’ or cowgirl’ will get a special surprise bag. Parties are 1.5 hours for 10 children. The package costs $150 (for each additional child, add $8).

Western Package
The two-hour Western Package features a decorated private room, a private hostess, games, a visit from ‘Wild Wyatt’, a large screen for a movie and chicken or hot dogs with fries. Each ‘cowboy’ and ‘cowgirl’ will get a treat: the birthday ‘cowboy’ or cowgirl’ will get a special surprise bag. Choose from various themes.

The Western Package costs $250 for 20 children— for each additional child, add $6.

 Let the staff do the work while you enjoy yourselves.

Wild West Package
For groups of 30 or more, consider the Wild West Package. It consists of a private room, a microphone and speakers, a large screen television, a private hostess, the theme of your choice, a visit from ‘Wild Wyatt’, a treat for each cowboy’ and ‘cowgirl’, special surprise bag for the birthday ‘cowboy’ or ‘cowgirl’.

This package features a buffet style menu: appetizers, choice of wings, side dips, veggie tray, french fries/onion rings, salads, and more. Prices vary: call 705-429-8400.

Wild Wing Wasaga Beach, which caters to all ages, has live entertainment, karaoke nights, movies nights and more. Sometimes Wild Wing has face painters and pony rides.

It’s a fun place to hold baby showers, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, team events, wedding receptions, surprise parties, seminars and other occasions.

Let the staff do the work while you enjoy yourselves.

Wild Wing Wasaga Beach is located at 321 Main Street in the Stonebridge Town Centre. Call 705-429-8400.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

November events at Wild Wing

Mary Ann Watts of Wild Wing Wasaga Beach always has something going on. Now you can celebrate your birthday in Wild Wing’s private room for a celebration that sizzles. Packages are available for children and adults.
Nov. 1. 8, 22, 29 from 8 p.m. to midnight
Work your vocal cords: Karaoke with Hugo is a popular event at Wild Wing. Whether your musical hero is Shania Twain, Elvis, Celine Dion, Bon Jovi, you’re sure to have a rockin’ good time singing or cheering on those who dare to handle the microphone.

Ladies Night Nov. 14
On Friday Nov. 14 it’s going to get hotter at Wild Wing: Dress to impress at Ladies Night, which will feature a show and music by DJ Hugo. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15. Buyers of the first 40 tickets will receive a masquerade upon arrival. Dress to impress.

Saturday, Nov. 15

R G Peever returns to Wild Wing to perform blues and Latin music from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Wild Wing is located at 321 Main Street in Wasaga Beach in the Stonebridge Town Centre. Call 705-429-8400.