Landmark, Manitoba

Landmark called Prairie Rose, is an unincorporated community recognized as a local urban district in the province of Manitoba, located about 30 km southeast of the provincial capital, Winnipeg, in the Rural Municipality of Taché. Landmark's population at the 2016 census was 1,292. Landmark serves as a dormitory community or exurb for people who work in Winnipeg but prefer to reside in a smaller community; the Landmark businesses have, through the years, highlighted that the community lies on the longitudinal centre of Canada. Landmark lies in an area with rich black soil known to yield fine crops. Situated in a low-lying area, the community relies on drainage provided by the constructed Seine River Diversion to minimize flooding caused by the spring melt. Although at least four homesteads were established in about 1907, much of the area was barren until just after World War I, it was at this time that a number of Mennonite families living in the neighbouring East Reserve faced shortages of land for agricultural expansion.

By 1920, a dozen Mennonite families had purchased land in the area and had begun establishing their new farms. Within a year of that, the area had its first church building, by 1925 a school district had been organized; the main transportation link in the Landmark area in the early years was the Old Dawson Trail, a crude road that led westward to Winnipeg and eastward to Ste. Anne. In about 1920, the east part of the area of Prairie Rose was registered as the name "Landmark", being picked at random from a list of names in the "Farmer's Advocate" by early resident Peter M. Penner and his eldest son. Numerous businesses sprung up in Landmark in the 1950s. One of the first businesses in the Landmark area, a repair shop named Landmark Motors, opened in 1950, followed the next year by the Landmark General Store. Landmark’s largest business, a livestock and poultry feed supplier called Landmark Feeds Inc, was established in 1954. In 1957, a plumbing and heating business opened, followed a year by a second repair shop, Lincoln Sales & Service.

In 1961, Landmark Collegiate Institute opened in Landmark due to the efforts of local farmer and businessman John J Hildebrand. He worked tirelessly to promote Landmark as the location of the new school, rather than on the prairie between several population centres. Persons of Mennonite descent continue to form the largest identifiable group in Landmark, although immigration to the area has altered the demographic in recent years. While Landmark is predominantly a farming community, with many dairy, hog and grain farming operations, it offers a number of services; these include a gift shop and ceramic painting studio and poultry feed supplier, a swine management company with a truck and trailer wash, a credit union, a post office, insurance company, fire hall, youth centre, an arena, a new Kinsmen rec centre, baseball diamond, two repair garages, one restaurant, a convenience store and gas station, as well as two schools and, four churches. Al Reimer, writer Landmark, Manitoba

Asad Ahmed

Asad Ahmed is a Pakistani guitarist. His first stint was forming The Barbarians, he has been a member of the famous pop trio Awaz, has played with Junoon, Vital Signs and was a founding member of the rock band Karavan. Asad is considered as the founder of Rock Music in Pakistan, he is a Solo Artist. His family moved to Dubai, his elder brother was a guitarist and when he left for college, he left his guitar back at home. Asad picked it up and learnt to play, his family returned to Karachi in 1984. Asad played in Coke Studio and was one of the house band members from season 2 to season 6. Asad started his music career in 1987 with The Barbarians, regarded by many as Pakistan's first rock band; the band's first single "Yeh Zindagi Hai" set the foundation of Pakistani rock. They got their first big break when The Barbarians participated in "Rock vs. Rock" show at the Taj Mahal and won a prize of 20,000 Rupees, they released their only album, the self-titled "The Barbarians" in 1989, which did not fare well in the rock-repellant Pakistani music industry.

The Barbarians fell apart in 1990. Asad did a gig with Salman Ahmad of Junoon at a party in 1991. On Salman's invitation, he played bass with them for about a year. In a performance at Marriott Islamabad in November 1992, he met Haroon and Faakhir of Awaz and Rohail Hyatt of Vital Signs; this led to his performances on Vital Signs' Hum Tum. Awaz was formed in December 1992, by Haroon and Asad; the band went on to become the next best thing in Pakistani pop scene after Vital Signs. Awaz were skilled and talented musicians and composers; the band's skill at composing and producing was overlooked and the focus was on their good looks, glossy videos, catch songs and wild stage performances. Awaz was the first band from Pakistan to appear on MTV on 20 April 1992 with the song Janeman. Awaz released three albums; the first album was the self-titled album Awaz, more known as Awaz 1. The second album was Jadu Ka Chiraagh and the third and last album was Shola. After Shola, the band fell apart due to the differences among the three and they went their ways.

Haroon and Faakhir started their solo careers. Awaz has sold over 3 million albums worldwide. In 1997, foreseeing a disintegrating Awaz, Asad established his own studio, he joined hands with Sameer Ahmed to form Karavan, thus returning to his rock origins. They brought the established solo singer Najam Sheraz as the first vocalist and Alan Smith as drummer to complete the line-up. In 1999, Najam Shiraz returned to his solo career, vacating the vocalist's slot for newcomer Tanseer Daar. Karavan released Rakh Aas in 1997, Safar in 1999 and Gardish in 2002. In 2005, The band issued an internet only Unplugged album. Karavan released their fourth and final studio album, Saara Jahan in 2010; the band broke up in 2012. Karavan has sold over 800,000 albums. Over the years, Asad has done extensive session work contributing his guitar work and compositions to albums by Vital Signs, Ali Zafar, Sajjad Ali and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to name a few. In 2017 he released Rebirth his first solo album, Pakistan’s first all guitar instrumental album.

Animal was released as the first single and got heavy airplay on radio and TV. On August 14 he released a guitar rendition of the Pakistani National Anthem. Rebirth the title track was released as the second single and video on December 18. Will You was released as the third and final single on July 4th 2018. Rebirth has had 500,000 downloads and streams on iTunes, Deezer, Amazon Music and over 800 online platforms; this makes it the largest selling guitar instrumental album in South East Asia. The Barabarians Nusrat Hussain – Amrit Awaz – Awaz Vital SignsAitebar Awaz – Jadu Ka Chiraagh Vital Signs – Hum Tum Awaz – Shola Karavan – Rakh Aas Najam Sheraz – Roop nagar Pepsi World Cup Album Karavan – Safar Haroon – Haroon Ki Awaz Karavan – Gardish Sajjad Ali – Teri Yaad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan – Paap Haroon – Lagan Karavan – Unplugged and unreleased Haroon – Haroon Ka Nasha Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Charkha Karavan – Saara Jahan Rebirth - First solo instrumental album