Lakehead University Alumni Magazine

Take Note

Published October 23, 2010


Bearskin Airlines’
in-flight magazine
Hip hop trio Jordan Burnell, Coleman Hell, and Michah Dowbak, who together make up the band Burnz N Hell, were in the limelight this year when their song My Home Town and video by Matt Popowich attracted hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube when it was launched in 2010.

The story of how the band came to sign an overall artist development agreement with Live Nation Canada through a connection with Lakehead University graduate Mike Rapino (BAdmin'89) was featured in the summer 2010 issue of Bearskin Airlines' in-flight magazine. Coleman Hell is currently enrolled in the Honours Bachelor of Arts program. The band's latest video "Pretty On The Inside" was filmed at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium.


History Professors Ronald Harpelle and Michel Beaulieu have participated in the making of a short film entitled "Life Is But A Dream…," which has received the "Best of Genre for Sport" award within the International Documentary Challenge. It was the only Canadian entry to make it to the finals, receiving an honourable mention by the jury at the Hot Docs event. This event, which took place in Toronto in early May, is the biggest documentary film festival in North America.

The film is about writer Charlie Wilkins and his latest adventure in rowing across the Atlantic Ocean (among a group of other rowers) while attempting to break the 33-day crossing record.

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