All posts by Daniel Perron

Winnipeg-based author, photographer, and consultant. Might even be seen playing guitar at local coffee shops.

Thank You Scotiabank!

I wanted to recognize the support we received from Scotiabank for Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time. With permission, I am posting the text from an email I sent to Scott Bollman, Winnipeg District Banking Manager.

Hello Scott,
Happy New Year to you and yours!

I wanted to send a short note of thanks to you for your initiative and enthusiastic support of the Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time project. Scotiabank was unique in its approach and definitely most effective. Your branches sold a total of 305 books and participated in the sales of a total of 966 books. Effectively, your support generated $6.00 of donations for each of these books, totalling $5,796.00 shared equally among the Jets True North Foundation, the Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation, and the Blue Bombers commitment to anti-bullying initiative for young people in Manitoba. This is simply amazing and speaks volume about your people, your organization, and their commitment to the community.

I want to highlight Susan Robert’s contribution to the project and her leadership throughout these four special months. As well, my special thanks and appreciation go to Trish Moeller for her tireless efforts, enthusiasm, and dedication—she made a huge difference! And to Pennee Kroeker for keeping track of all the numbers and helping out at the book release party.

It has been my distinct pleasure to meet the members of your team and to work side by side with everyone along the way, whether at book signing events or during my interactions with the various branches. Please accept my thanks and my gratitude. And to think that all this started from a simple coincidence encounter, on a 6:00am morning walk in July… AMAZING! (You’ll have to ask Susan about this one.)

Sincerely,
Dan
January 12, 2016

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The book’s cover. Photo by Mike Sudoma.
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#6 Bestseller for 2015: DANCING GABE!

Well, how about that!
Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time at #6 of the McNally Robinson’s Bestsellers List of 2015 for Manitoba Non-fiction books.
We’re very proud and honoured to be in the company of such great books and authors.
Thank you Dancing Gabe fans for putting us there!
Thank you Dancing Gabe for your truly inspiring and touching story.
We couldn’t have done it without you.

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McNally Robinson Booksellers’ Bestsellers List for 2015

Bestseller for a 5th Consecutive Week

Proud to say that the streak continues for Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time!
Five straight weeks on McNally Robinson Booksellers Bestsellers list (Paperback Non-Fiction) for a total of 11 weeks over the past 16. Pretty good.
Thank you Dancing Gabe fans for keeping us there. Will you keep our streak going until the New Year? Only one week to go…
Happy Holidays!

Click here to see the list.

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The book’s cover. Photo by Mike Sudoma.

Guest of the Happy Bookers Book Club

A huge THANK YOU to the Happy Bookers Book Club–Rose, Karen, Wanda, Laura, Kathy, and Thelma–who read and reviewed Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time, and invited me to join them for last week’s get together. What a wonderful way to spend an evening with a great group of kind, thoughtful, and witty ladies!

I didn’t know what to expect—I must admit I was a little intimidated at first—but I sure enjoyed the chance to meet everyone, to answer excellent questions, and to discuss so many facets of my experience writing Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time. In many ways, the questions they asked forced me to reflect, deeply at times, on my motivation and how this endeavour has touched me. The time I spent with the Happy Bookers adds another memorable page to this great adventure.

I hope I didn’t ramble on too much; I definitely found myself getting caught up in the excitement of the moment. You made me feel very special. It was a pleasure to meet you.
Happy reading!

Dancing Gabe Honoured by Winnipeg Mayor with Community Service Award

There was a bit of a surprise waiting for Dancing Gabe at Winnipeg’s City Hall today.

Thinking he was meeting Mayor Bowman for lunch, Gabe made his way to City Hall and arrived right on time, as usual.
A number of journalists and cameras were already in the presentation room on the second floor by the time Gabe arrived. Very strange…just for a lunch… Of course, Gabe knew something was up when he chatted with Brian Barkley, who was also being recognized for his contributions to Winnipeg’s community. But when his mom, Angelina, and brother Rick, showed up, Gabe knew something was up. It was time for the ceremony to get under way.

Mayor Brian Bowman presented Gabe (and Brian Barkley) with the City of Winnipeg Community Service Award, recognizing Gabe’s contribution to the spirit of Winnipeg with the following words:
“Dancing Gabe Langlois is a local legend helping keep the beat to our home team spirit for three decades. Gabe inspires us everyday to remember to celebrate — to remember to dance.”

In his acceptance address, the 52-year old Gabe thanked his family and Winnipeg’s professional sports teams, and said, with a little humour and a whole lot of truth, “These have been the best 52 years of my life! It has been an amazing run.”

You gotta know, for Gabe, every day is the best day.

CONGRATULATIONS GABE!

p.s. If you really want to know what makes Gabe so special, I guess you will have to read his biography, Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time.

Facebook Photo Album of the Ceremony

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Gabriel “Dancing Gabe” Langlois, Mayor Brian Bowman, and Brian Barkley proudly display their award certificates.

STILL A BESTSELLER FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 11 (6TH WEEK IN A ROW)!

Well, we’re now in our sixth consecutive week in the Top 5 at McNally Robinson’s! Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time remains on McNally Robinson’s Bestsellers list for the Paperback and Hardcover Non-Fiction and category, for the week of October 11th. That’s six weeks in a row in the Top 5 Bestsellers!
Sitting at #3 of the Paperback and #5 on the Hardcover list (Click here to see the list). We are in fine company on both lists. Tough competition on the Hardcover list from heavy-hitters Clara Hughes and Wab Kinew (Hometown Hero Biographies).
Thank you Dancing Gabe fans for keeping us there!!!

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STILL A BESTSELLER FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 4 (5TH WEEK IN A ROW)!

Well, we’ve done it again! Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time is still on McNally Robinson’s Bestsellers list for the Paperback and Hardcover Non-Fiction and category, for the week of October 4th. That’s five weeks in a row in the Top 5 Bestsellers!
We jumped to #2 of the Paperback list last week, after the first three weeks at #1 and one week at #4!!! We We are also at #5 on the Hardcover list. (Click here to see the list)
We are in fine company on both lists. Tough competition on the Hardcover list from heavy-hitters Clara Hughes and Wab Kinew (Hometown Hero Biographies).
Thank you Dancing Gabe fans for keeping us there!!!

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STILL A BESTSELLER FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 27 (4TH WEEK IN A ROW)!

Well, we’ve done it again! Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time still on McNally Robinson’s Bestsellers list for the Paperback and Hardcover Non-Fiction and category, for the week of September 20th.
After three weeks at #1, we slide to #4!!! Tough competition with Clara Hughes and Wab Kinew (Hometown Hero Biographies).
Thank you for keeping us there!!!