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Columnists



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Troy Townsin (Time For Wine) was born in Melbourne, Australia and worked as an actor and playwright before embarking on a round-the-world backpacking extravaganza. After establishing a career in bar management and hospitality he returned to Melbourne and earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, taking semesters in Malaysia, Turkey and the UK. After graduating, he worked for the United Nations Information Centre in London before taking a job as an event reporter. In 2003, he won the prestigious Travel Writer of the Year award with TNT Magazine UK. After moving to Victoria, BC in 2004, Troy and his wife Cheryl-Lynn self-published Cooking with BC Wine and it won 2005 Gourmand World Cookbook Award. Cooking with the Wines of Washington and Cooking with the Wines of Oregon will be released by Whitecap Publishing in spring 2007.

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Arthur Black (Planet Saltspring) was born in Toronto in 1943 and reborn in 1995 when he came to his senses and moved to a Gulf Island nestled in the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver the city and Vancouver the island. En route, he passed through various incarnations - door-to-door encyclopedia salesman, oil tanker deckhand, cow wrangler at the Ontario Public Stock Yards, sheet metal apprentice, plumber's assistant and live nude model (in his dreams). For 19 years he hosted Basic Black; a national CBC program dedicated to wackiness and currently hosts two television shows, Weird Homes and Weird Wheels both of which are self-explanatory. He also writes a weekly humour column syndicated in 50-odd Canadian newspapers and has authored twelve books,

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Don Genova (Food Matters). Don's first job in radio was with a private radio station in Terrace in 1983. Since then he has been a journalist in print, radio, television and the internet, all over Canada. In 1997, he started to specialize in covering the food and travel scene in Canada and abroad. He is currently a resident of Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island. Find out more about him by going to his blog.


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Grant Lawrence (Podcast Picks) began his career with the CBC in 1997. Making his start as a researcher in the inaugural season of RadioSonic in Vancouver, Grant became a producer and then host for RadioSonic and RadioEscapade. Currently, Grant is one of the personalities heard on CBC Radio 3 on Saturday nights. He can often be heard interviewing musicians, producing features and hosting live events. Grant is also a contributor to Radio 3's weekly online magazine, cbcradio3.com When not at his post at the CBC, Grant still manages to spend time behind the microphone. For the past 15 years, he has been the singer for the internationally acclaimed band The Smugglers.


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 Janet Marie Rogers (Tribal Clef) is a writer and radio host from the Mohawk/Tuscarora nations. She presents spoken word poetry, video poetry and performance poetry throughout Turtle Island (north america) and abroad. She has three published poetry collections and two recorded poetry CDs. Janet is the city of Victoria's current Poet Laureate

 


 

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 Amanda Farrell-Low (Creative Class) A Victorian via the Yukon Territory, Amanda has been covering arts and culture in Mile Zero for nearly a decade. A graduate of Camosun College's Applied Communication Program, she cut her media teeth working at the campus radio station and newspaper. Amanda spent five years as arts editor and reporter at Monday Magazine and was on the grand jury for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize. She considers herself lucky to call such a culturally vibrant city her home.

 

Adrien Sala (Small Town, Big Business) is a writer and journalist with a focus on food, lifestyle and business. He regularly contributes to magazines, newspapers and radio shows across Canada and is the founder of The Gentleman's Kitchen Ltd, a brand that explores the ins and outs of men's lifestyle and cooking. He is currently completing a series of books and operating a website for his company under the trademark Cooking To Get Laid, as well as developing a TV show in the US. Most of the time you can find him making food or cocktails at home, or writing with his feet up on his desk in his office downtown.

 

Robert J. Wiersema (Beyond the Bestseller) was born in Agassiz, BC, and has spent the last quarter century in Victoria, but, really, he's lived his whole life in books. He's the author of the novels Before I Wake and Bedtime Story, both national bestsellers, the novella The World More Full of Weeping, and the quirky memoir Walk Like a Man: Coming of Age with the Music of Bruce Springsteen. His essays and reviews appear regularly in the National Post, the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Sun, Quill & Quire magazine and numerous other periodicals. In his spare time, he builds miniature dioramas of scenes from classical history, drawn from Herodotus' Histories. No, not really. It's pretty much always books.