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    May 15, 2017
    If you are a photographer who publishes photographs and if you have NOT yet registered with Access Copyright, you may be missing out on some additional income. Each year, I fill out my Claim Form before May 31 and receive a payment in late fall for the photographs and writing that have been previously published. You may claim for publications going back 20 years.

    Refer to my previous blog post for additional info on Access Copyright.

    The attached photograph is from an article I wrote and illustrated for Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine back in 2014. It features a morning sunrise made at my parent's cottage on Tilton Lake in Subbury, Ontario. Whenever I see this image, I can see in my mind's eye, my dad sitting on the bench sipping his morning coffee watching me work! Photographs can be bring forth very strong emotional feelings of people you love or that have passed on, as well as bring back wonderful memories of times gone by.

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    October 4, 2015
    On Tuesday, October 6, I will be participating in a fundraiser for Uniquely Manitoba, a local art organization that I belong to. The event is called 'In Someone Else's Shoes', a Celebrations Dinner Theater. It will feature a dinner, dance, choir and an art display and sales with about 30 Manitoba Artists attending, including myself. Last year, I was honored by UM with a 'Rising Star Award'.

    At the event, I will have some of my books available for sale, including 'Ontario', 'Beautiful Alberta' and 'Canada'. In addition, I will have note cards and a few framed fine art prints. This is an excellent opportunity to start your Xmas shopping and support a good cause at the same time! Sorry, but Xmas isn't too far away!

    The event takes place at the Canad Inn in Fort Garry at 1824 Pembina Hwy in Winnipeg.

    The Art Display/Sales is free to the public and will take place from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm and again from 8:30 pm - 9:30 PM. Tickets for the Dinner/Show are $35 and may be purchased by contacting Marilyn at (204) 784-8263 or emailing

    Hope to see some of you there!
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    April 12, 2014
    If you are a visual artist, writer, editor or translator, you could be eligible to register for Access Copyright. Access Copyright is a program that compensates Creators for the use of their works in schools, businesses and other organizations. Access Copyright manages licensing, collection of licensing fees and distribution of royalties on behalf of Creators.

    Visual artists that qualify for the program include photographers, cartoonists, sculptors, fine artists/painters, multimedia artists, illustrators, craftsperson, architects and clothing designers. To be eligible for the Payback Program you must register by the end of December. Payment follows in the following year. Each year, Creators must make a Claim of their works published in print which must be completed between April 1 and May 31, 2014. This involves a fair bit of work if you have been in the business for a while and if this is your first time submitting. Once in the system, Creators only need to update their Claims. Visit the Access Copyright website for more detailed information.

    As a photographer, all of my photographs and writings that are published in books, magazines, newspapers and journals are eligible. However, works published in calendars, advertisements, reports, online, etc are not eligible. This is also retroactive to the last 20 years. All I need to do is to keep up-to-date with my new publications during the year and fill out my Claim before May 31.

    Don't procrastinate, register online today.
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    May 11, 2012
    The launch of 'Mike Grandmaison's Prairie and Beyond' at Winnipeg's McNally Booksellers on Monday evening proved to be an overwhelming success. A capacity crowd was on hand for the launch of Mike's latest book, published by Turnstone Press of Winnipeg, ending a 9 event 'book signing tour' throughout Western Canada.
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    January 13, 2012
    Would You Like to Publish A Book of Your Own ?

    Don't miss this event!

    I love books! I particularly love 'fine books'. Many people dream of publishing a book but don't have a clue about how to go about it. Beginning with the idea and followed by the creation of the works (paintings, photograph, prose, etc), there comes a time when the idea must be put down on paper for all to see and enjoy. Finding a publisher today is no easy task as there are not only fewer publishers around but also more people wanting to publish a book.

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