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Business Check-Ins for the St. Thomas Downtown Development Board

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Establish Media has partnered with the St. Thomas Downtown Development Board (St. Thomas DDB BIA) to produce businesses check-in videos to help promote the businesses that are a part of the St. Thomas Downtown Development Board through online interviews.

If your business is a part of the St. Thomas DDB BIA and a representative would like to chat about what products and/or services you have available and how customers can access them contact Grayden Laing (Establish Media/Laing Studios), grayden@establishmedia.ca, to setup a free interview sponsored by the St. Thomas Downtown Development Board.



St. Thomas Caremongering Group Producing 1000's of Items for Front Line Workers

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On April 1st, after talking to two of her friends in healthcare, Iffat Farooqui started the Facebook group Caremongering St. Thomas - COVID-19 Volunteer Response Team, which has been gathering supplies and connecting volunteers up with those supplies to produce cloth masks, headbands, scrub caps, and other items for frontline workers.

The group has grown from the initial 3 members up to 377 members (as of this posting) and they have been working tirelessly.

Grayden chatted with Iffat so we could share the story of how this group started and what they have been working on with you.

Everyone is donating their time and supplies to this project. If anyone wants to know how they can repay the generousity, the group is asking for donations to St. Thomas Elgin Food Bank - The Caring Cupboard.

If you are able to help out with time or supplies, you can join the Facebook group, Caremongering St. Thomas - COVID-19 Volunteer Response Team.


Artist/Blacksmith Scott McKay on #ARTsolation Update for Art Beat

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Artist and blacksmith Scott McKay (Strong Arm Forge - Artist Scott McKay) joined Grayden to talk about how COVID-19 has impacted his work up to this point. They also chatted about his previous and upcoming projects in St. Thomas from his work on the St. Thomas Elevated Park to "Perserverance" at the roundabout at Wellington and Talbot to the large soccer ball sculpture that will go in at the roundabout next to 1Password Park.

Watch the video for the full story!

Stay tuned for future episodes that will include chats John Milles Music, Angela Elizabeth Marie Hardy, and Laura Woermke Artist.

1. What is #ARTsolation? 2. How can you participate?

1. #Artsolation is an online art project curated through using the hashtag #artsolation on Instagram. As artists, during this time of isolation, we can stay connected by creating and sharing our work with our community. By using unique hashtags when we post we can connect up with like minded individuals.

2a. As an artist you can participate by…

What is #ARTsolation? How can you participate?

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Join Sarah Booth (Small Business Enterprise Centre) and Grayden Laing (Establish Media/Laing Studios) as they chat about how the concept for #ARTsolation originated and how it has developed since!

Stay tuned for future episodes that will include chats with Strong Arm Forge - Artist Scott McKayJohn Milles Music, Angela Elizabeth Marie Hardy, and Laura Woermke Artist.

1. What is #ARTsolation? 2. How can you participate?

1. #Artsolation is an online art project curated through using the hashtag #artsolation on Instagram. As artists, during this time of isolation, we can stay connected by creating and sharing our work with our community. By using unique hashtags when we post we can connect up with like minded individuals.

Local Stories: #SEW STRONG, A Community Initiative to Create PPE Items for St. Thomas Elgin

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PLEASE SHARE - #SEW STRONG, A Community Initiative to Create PPE Items for St. Thomas Elgin.

Local sewists, crafters, and 3D printers have united to create PPE items for our community.

How did this start? How can you contribute? Watch the video with Paul Jenkins, CEO of the St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce, for the full story.

After that, head over to https://www.sewstrong.ca/ for further details.

Community shout outs to Caremongering St. Thomas - COVID-19 Volunteer Response Team (Special thanks to Iffat Farooqui for setting that group up), 3D Printers For PPE - St. Thomas Elgin, and Las Chicas Del CafĂ© Coffee (for making sure we had enough energy for this morning interview).

Hetty from Silverthorn Landscape Supplies on Business Buzz

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Today Grayden Laing chatted with Hetty Teuber from Silverthorn Landscape Supplies about how COVID-19 has changed her business. Hetty and her team have pitvoted Silverthorn Landscape Supplies to create a contactless sales system so that customers can still get all the landscape and gardening supplies they need.

Looking to create a victory garden? They have what you need!

Watch the video for the full story.

You can order their products online, https://silverthornlandscape.com/, or by giving them a call: 519-765-2379.

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COVID-19 Mayor's Update - Episode 51 (April 14) *LIVE - edited*

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Mayor's Update Live Broadcast with Joe Preston - Mayor ST.Thomas Ontario. Each week Mayor Preston chat's with us about what's going on in the city from events, to city council news, to concerns or questions that our viewers have. During the COVID-19 pandemic we have switched to a live format where viewers can tune in and interact live with us during each broadcast. Follow the Establish Media Facebook Page to be notified when we are going live next. Broadcasts will be on Monday or Tuesday depending on the Mayor's schedule. Mayor Preston is also posting daily Mayor's Updates on his Facebook Page (Joe Preston - Mayor ST.Thomas Ontario), follow it to be notified when they are posted. We also have an archive of the previous Mayor's Updates on our blog: https://www.establishmedia.com/p/mayors-update.html If you want to see these live episodes more than once a week, let us know in the comments. Some of the questions covered: Provincial Emergency extended to May 12, 2…

Mayor's Update, Monday April 13 with Mayor Joe Preston

Mayor's Update, Monday April 13 with Mayor Joe Preston



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Jeorge Withajay on Art Beat - Episode 3 (April 12) Exclusive Song Preview of "The Father Song"

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Jeorge Withajay on Art Beat - Episode 3 (April 12) Exclusive Song Preview of "The Father Song"

There are a lot of talented artists working on their craft around the world. Jeorge Withajay has been evolving his music for decades and is currently producing music from his studio, Skin City Records, in St. Thomas, Ontario. Grayden Laing of Laing Studios, called him today to check in with him for third episode of Art Beat for Establish Media. They chatted about how COVID-19 is influencing Jeorge Withajay and his music. 

Exclusive preview of "The Father Song" at 5:45mins.

Withajay is also an artist with a wide variety of styles and musical influences, and you can see that from his early work with the Lovely Lads to Trole Bros to his later work as Withajay. The tracks he is producing now, which you will be able to hopefully hear later this year, are incredible.

This interview gives a brief glimpse into his world, but don't stop there, check out this playlist on Spotify wh…