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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 27, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba Who's on 1st WeCellWireless CAREER OF MICHELLE WRIGHT 131-10th St., Brandon Phone: 725-2042 I Q M *. RUISI ■ * I V ' ll RI IX)RX ^ NOW PLAYING 7:00 S 9:40 p.m PA 15 Violence APiiroi T ► < C A T R E Shoppers Mall Brandon Phone: 571-0888 THE    _    ___ BOURNE STARTS IDENTITY FRIDAY MATT DAMON 7:00 & 9:20 p.m. PA 15 LHO AND STITCH , 7:20,9:00 SCOOBY OOOpg 7:10,9:10 WINDTALKERS 7:00,9:25 LAST TIME TONIGHT , STAR WARS EPISODE ll po passes roo 6:50,9:30 SHOW TIMES MAY CHANGE FRIDAY Mow licensed to transport people into Winnipeg for MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS & BUSINESS MEETINGS NOW ADDED SHILO RUN! NOW / I rifts tinily 'A J M *    ■ Tot (iirecl teohirKj * 204-729-3332 1-888-884-5533 U J \    at call your travel agent High Power Car CD Player 50w x 4 *239” _ DB32S High Power Car Amplifier 200 watts *211” 12" Subwoofer Dual Voice Coil *98” SRW3Q61 High Power Car CD Player SOW x 4, With Remote *429” DXZ72S 43" Big Screen TV *2,563” 32”-1 Flat Screen TV *1,499” 32AF41 Single Disc DVD Player *229” _____________________.7.02800 5 Disc DVD/CD Player *399” SD271& I  ..I ..inn   ■ starting at $3 99 1978 Queens Ave. 725-3234 Playboys ‘Women of Enron’ here Friday HOUSTON — Hic women of failed energy giant Enron reveal much more than shady accounting in a 10-page Playboy pictorial that hits newsstands tomorrow. Ten past and present Enron women shed their threads for the Chicago-based adult magazine’s August issue, though, just like executives called to testify before government panels, some showed more of the naked truth than others. Three hundred Enron employees answered Playboy’s invitation to pose. Some said they posed for the fun of it and to earn some money — though none of them would say how much the magazine paid them. — Associated Press pi# rAMIt^i?ff3TACnA^ ‘Best Breakfast in the City” M    theatre    -rn ^trciincl at the Riverbank Discovery Centre TIMEouf' Toronto — if country singer Michelle Wright had to sum up the past six months, her choice word would be celebration, she says. That’s because after several years of career turmoil — her Arista/Nashville record deal collapsed in 2000 — and bad relationships, she’s taking her music on a new road and has a new husband to join her. Wright, 41, has been a mainstay in the Canadian country music scene since the mid-1980s. Canadians took notice when she became an overnight success in the U.S. new country scene with a self-titled album in 1990. And the singer, who grew up in Merlin, Ont., continued her climb to stardom with the Top IO song, Take It Like a Man — making her one of the first Canadian country singers to have a Top IO hit in the U.S. The firsts continued when she became the first Canadian to win the highly coveted Top New Female Vocalist at the 1992 U.S. Academy of Country Music Awards. Wright has also collected a mantel full of trophies, winning more than 30 industry awards. But after those accomplishments her U.S. career seemed to fizzle with every subsequent album. Her 1994 The Reasons Why was only released in Canada and 1996’s For Me It’s You barely made a ripple in the U.S., failing to earn a single hit song. (All the while she continued to sell out venues in Canada.) Shortly afterwards, Wright parted ways with her label because the two couldn’t agree on which direction to take. Her manager then told her to take a few years off and write her own songs — something the country star had never tried before. Six years later, Wright has returned to the spotlight with a pop infused country album, Shut Up and Kiss Me. She wrote eight of the 12 songs with help from writers such as Shelly Peiken, who wrote Christina Aguilera’s What a Girl Wants. “We just started writing and it just continued to present itself this way,” Wright says of the pop melodies. “Instead of me fighting that, I just went with it.” Technically, pop music has always been part of Wright’s music career. Alongside influences like The Supremes, Aretha Franklin and Merle Haggard, she cites Alicia Keys, Tina Turner and Sting as some of her favourite artists today. Wright, speaking on the phone from her home in Nashville, says she would have jumped into pop-country sooner had her label given her the freedom. “There was a time when they thought it would hurt my career,” she recalls. “It was really stifling for me and it caused blocks of creativity.” But then country divas JUNE 29 Brandon, Manitoba A full day of activities starting at 12:30 pm with the Official Opening of Canada Day. The day will conclude at 10:30 with a FIREWORKS DISPLAY (on 18th Street between Kirkcaldy and Braecrest) Watch for a complete schedule of events in Sunday’s Brandon Sun. Dr. Jay I. Winbum Dr. Jeffrey Bales Qualified orthodontists Phone 727-0401 Country singer takes career on new pop road By ANGELA Pacienza Canadian Press • Dauphin Countryfest, Dauphin • Red River Exhibition, Winnipeg • Deandra Day, Music in the Parks, Eleanor Kidd Park, 6:30 p.m. • Headpins, North 40 Saloon JUNE 28 Dauphin Countryfest Red River Exhibition, Winnipeg Boissevain Fair and Rodeo Agricultural Fair and Exhibition, Killarney JULY I • Dauphin Countryfest • Red River Exhibition, Winnipeg • Agricultural Fair and Exhibition, Killarney • Manitoba Highland Gathering, Selkirk • Karaoke, North 40 Saloon, 4:30 -IO p.m. A Program of City of Brandon Community Services Great gifts for your grad • Family Fun Days, Safeway on 10th Street; pancake breakfast 8:30-11 a m.; carnival IO a.m. to 4 p.m. • Harness Race Days, Holland • Agricultural Fair and Exhibition, Glenboro • Canada Day Concert, The Forks, Winnipeg • LeDD, Riverbank Discovery Park, 8:30 p.m. JULY 3 Search for Raw Talent - Playoff Night #2, Inferno JULY 4 Born: July I in Chatham, Ont., grew up in Merlin, Ont., currently resides In Franklin, Tenn. First paid music Job: Performed with The Marquees at age 17. Albums: Six, including a greatest hits. Songs: 24 top IO hits, seven made it to No. I. Awards: 15 Canadian Country Music Awards; ll Big Country Awards; two Junos; one each of MuchMusic Video Award, U.S. Academy of Country Music and SOC AN. Special causes: Spokesperson for the 1997 Special Olympics World Winter Games; chairperson of campaign that raised $2 million for a CAT scan machine for a Chatham hospital. Acting: Due South, 1998. Shania Twain and Faith Hill came along and showed everyone country music had the same cross-over appeal that rap and hip hop enjoyed. “We all have wider, broader taste than at one time where you grew up listening to one kind of music and you had one TV station and one radio station,” Wright says of people’s listening habits. Her optimism towards the pop stream of her career also comes from being a new bride. She married Marco Convertmo, a New York businessman and musician, in April after a series of bad relationships. “I feel like I found my life partner. Life is good,” says a cheerful Wright, adding the couple is discussing having a child. But despite the past turmoil, Wright isn’t concerned about her future career. “I’m probably the least nervous about anything I’ve ever been in my career,” she says. “I’ve learned to control what I can.” One thing she can control is how she wants to celebrate her next milestone. She’ll be 42 on July I, Canada Day. • The Watchmen and Sonic Boom, Inferno • Virden Agricultural Society Fair • Deandra Day, Music in the Parks, Eleanor Kidd Park. 6:30 p.m. • Dark Horse, Houstons Country Roadhouse • July 5-6, Virden Agricultural Society Fair • July 6-7, Metis Days, Deloraine • July 11-14, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Birds Hill Park* • July 12, Meatloaf, Winnipeg Arena’s Concert Bowl + • July 12-14, Souris-Glenwood Ag Society Fair • July 12-14, Rossbum Summer Festival • July 12-14, Just 4 U Daze, Shoal Lake • July 13-14, Deloraine Agricultural Harness Racing • July 12-14, Agricultural Fair and Ranch Rodeo, Souris • July 14-15, Oak River Fair and Cattie Show • July 16, Ag Fair and Exhibition, Strathclair • July 17, Shoal Lake Agricultural Society Fair • July 18, Agricultural Fair and Exhibition, Hamiota • July 18-21, Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition, Morris • July 18-21, Neepawa World Lily Festival • July 18-28, Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival • July 19-21, Gilbert Plains Grandview Fair and Rodeo • July 19-21, Beach Festival, Killarney • July 19-21, Lukkenfest, Deloraine’s International Cookie Festival • July 20-21, International Border Festival, International Peace Garden * Tickets available at Ticketrnaster outlets -(204) 180-3333 or online at + Tickets available at Select-a-Seat (204) 780-7328 O ROGERS J-    727-2381 • 650-1st st. w i n k i e s s    • q.A.C.. after rebate, new activrtation required clarion til IUD* O IE Y111 TOSHIBA \ Motorola TI 93 GSM Cell Phone CD e Interr 0 in Ste Free camp chair • Free Internet Access (2 months) • $30 in store credit provide important. 824 • 18th Street, Brandon (Next to Domino’s) 727-4279 • Dauphin Countryfest • Manitoba Highland Dancers Mid-Canada Championships, The Forks • Harness Race Days, Holland • Agricultural Fair and Exhibition, Glenboro • WSO Canada Day Concert, The Forks, Winnipeg ;