For immediate release
WAYNE GRAY A Man of Vision
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island: Retromedia Publishing is pleased to release the book WAYNE GRAY A Man of Vision written by bestselling author Gary MacDougall.
This is a success story with lots of trials and tribulations along the way, with bankruptcy looming large for Wayne Gray in the early going. How he triumphs against all odds is revealed in this book.
Heard as a slogan or sung as a jingle, it seems everyone in Atlantic Canada knows that when the words “Vogue Optical” are mentioned, the next words out are likely going to be “where your second pair is free.”
The importance of the Second Pair Free policy cannot be overstated when it comes to Wayne Gray’s success. The marketing promotion was as much a home run for Wayne Gray, his late wife Doreen and their boys, Cory and Darren as it was to the many people who bought good quality eyeglasses and received a second pair free.
Wayne was a business “disruptor” before the word came into vogue. He brought a number of innovations to the eyeglass industry, which helped propel him from being a small optical store owner in Charlottetown to overseeing and owning an Atlantic Canada giant in the eyeglass industry.
Wayne Gray left school after Grade 8 with big dreams and a lot of determination. The young farm boy, who went where he dreamed of going, knows he could not have done so without the loyal support of his former Vogue Optical employees and his family, whose love and support he has felt all along. He has dedicated this book to them.
You can find WAYNE GRAY, A Man of Vision, a 192-page, soft cover book, full of lovely photos and intimate, interesting and often funny stories. It is available at select book stores and at retromedia.ca. It retails for $29.95.
June 21, 2017
Retromedia Publishing prepares for the official launch of the book World Harness Racing
“We were humbled by the response of 17 countries whose harness racing history and legends are profiled in the book, and the many others who provided support by providing contacts and/or photos. It was a year-long process to prepare and complete the book and we are indebted to our collaborators and sponsors.”
Along with taking a detailed look at the history of the 17 countries, the book explores some of the most successful drivers from each respective country.
With it completed, McCabe knows that all lovers of harness racing, no matter where they are from, will enjoy the book.
“This is a book for harness racing insiders and neophytes alike. Readers will find snapshots of the origins and highlights of harness racing and great horses from 17 different countries. The selection of legends from each country should generate some friendly debate regarding the merits of those chosen and those passed over.”
The official book launch will take place at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino (lower concourse) in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.), Canada at 3:30 p.m. (Atlantic Time) on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.
The launch will coincide with the World Trotting Conference taking place in P.E.I. that week, as well as the fifth leg of the World Driving Championship, which is happening two days later in Charlottetown.
This one-of-a-kind book can be purchased now online at for just $29.95.
(Photo: Kanal 75)
Harness racing lovers everywhere now have a brand-new book chronicling the history of the sport across the world available to them.
The 176-page book, called World Harness Racing, will detail the sport’s origins and history of 17 of the world’s most popular countries for harness racing.
Jerry McCabe, harness racing historian, is the book’s managing editor.
McCabe says looking into the history of harness racing in various parts of the world was a tremendous thrill for him.
(Photo: Harness Racing New Zealand)
Memory Isle poems by Ferne Peake
For immediate release
Memory Isle poems by Ferne Peake
(1916 - 1968)
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island: Retromedia Publishing is pleased to announce the book launch of Memory Isle poems by Ferne Peake. The event will take place at The Carriage House of Beaconsfield Historic House from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2016.
Memory Isle is a treasure trove of Island poems written by a mother, a teacher and a poet. The poems are as magical as they are poignant. Most of these poems are being published posthumously and for the first time.
Ferne (Murdock) Peake, born in the village of Murray Harbour, left behind a large volume of unpublished poetry when she died at the age of 51. It is from this collection that her daughter, Pamela (Peake) Logan, has selected and arranged the poetry for Memory Isle.
A small number of her poems first appeared in the 1967 centennial book, Island Prose and Poetry: An anthology, edited by Allan Graham. Her poem “Cradle Song,” an eloquent celebration of Canada, appeared in the 1967 Nova Scotia Book of Verse.
The emcee for the event will be Hon. Marion Reid, recipient of the Order of Prince Edward Island, the first female speaker of the P.E.I. Legislative Assembly, the first female lieutenant-governor of the Island, an author, and a former teacher and principal.
A tribute and reading will be given by Allan Graham. Personal reflections and readings will be given by Pamela Logan.
The media and public are invited to attend.
November 15, 2014
Digital Launch, Worldwide Web – On November 15, 2014, Retromedia Publishing and JSU Solutions (James Stephan-Usypchuk) launched Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Champions by Jocelyne LeBlanc online. This unique launch was driven by Retromedia’s Facebook page (24stanleycups), which has welcomed over 850,000 visitors.
People were invited to check out a special webpage created on this site just for the launch. The book is available right here and at Indigo, Chapters, Coles, Bookmark and other select independent bookstores.
October 9, 2014
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island: Retromedia Publishing successfully launched Horse Power: Behind The Gate Returns by Paul Murphy. The event took place at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino, in Charlottetown, on Thursday, October 9, 2014. The media and the general public were in attendance for a reading and signings.
Horse Power, a sequel to the best seller Behind the Gate, relays the love of horses and the enjoyment of grassroots harness racing in the Atlantic provinces through the experiences, stories and advice of horse people, past and present, who have made immeasurable contributions to the sport and industry they love.
Horse Power: Behind The Gate Returns is available here, at Red Shores gift shops and at select bookstores. There are over 100 photographs of people, special places, events and horses.