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October 2011 Archives

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Studio One Book Club:

Adam Gopnik : Winter

We had a wonderful evening in the Studio One Book Club last week with the award winning author and journalist Adam Gopnik. After all these years of reading his very fine writing in the New Yorker, what a treat it was to have a chance to talk to him.  He turns out to be just as entertaining and thoughtful a speaker as he is a writer.

Adam was in town to give the Vancouver portion of the Massey Lectures (which will air on CBC Ideas beginning November 7)  His subject this year is Winter and he had many surprising and thought provoking things to say about the season.

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Poet - Jamella Hagen

Jamella Hagen is a poet from Northern BC. Her poems have appeared in literary journals across Canada. She has won the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize And she was short listed for a CBC Literary Award. She got her Masters Degree in Creative Writing from UBC and is the former executive editor of PRISM International, a quarterly contemporary literary magazine. Her first book of poems is called "Kerosene."





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Ippiksaut Friesen and The Dimming

Ippiksaut Friesen is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design.  Her grad project is an animated film, based on an Inuit legend, called The Dimming.  So far it has been featured in five film festivals across the country and has won two awards!

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The Squaw Hall Project: A Community Remembers

For three years now a group of First Nations youth and elders have been collaborating on creating a documentary and a play about the stories and histories of Williams Lake and especially about the Stampede grounds and Squaw Hall.

The documentary captures  the memories of Secwepemc and Tsilhqot'in elders of being young and growing up in the Cariboo Chilcotin. With a background of beautiful archival images, the elders speak powerfully to their youthful interviewers, with words of wisdom directed to all First Nations youth of today especially those that are now city dwellers with diminishing contact and context to their ancestral roots.

The film and play are a co-production of urban ink and Twin Fish Theatre.  The documentary is being presented in Vancouver Saturday Oct 29 from 2-4 at The Aboriginal Friendship Centre 1607 East Hastings.  The screening will be followed by a discussion with project participants.
It's all part of the Heart of the City Festival.

You can hear more about the documentary project Saturday morning after the 7:30 news.

Raeanne Elkins


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Seasonings Cook Book

Anne Degrace and Jocelyn Carver never imagined that their scheme to create a beautiful cookbook which celebrates food and writing would get them a trip to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. But, that's exactly what has happened!

Anne is an author and a librarian with the Nelson Municipal Library and Jocelyn works with the Kootenay Country Store Coop and they've partnered to produce Seasonings: a year of local flavour in words and recipes. Now their book has been short listed for a Cuisine Canada award.

You can hear their story on Sunday just after the 8 am news

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Film Maker - Desiree Lim premiers The House at VAFF

The House is a film about a woman who comes back to Vancouver from NY and moves into an empty house. She discovers the house is inhabited by ghosts of a sort. Not your typical boo-scary ghosts, but walking talking people with real lives and thoughts and substance. Desiree Lim is the writer and director of this film. She's a Vancouver film maker and The House will premier at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival next week. Desiree came in to the CBC for a chat and the conversation started with her talking about where the idea for this film came from. The House, premiers at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival Nov 6 at 5 PM at the CINEPLEX ODEON INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE CINEMAS in Vancouver.

This interview airs at 8:40 on Sunday Oct 30th on CBC Radio One in BC

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Author Sheryl Salloum - The Life and Art of Mildred Valley Thornton

The Unheralded Artists of BC is a series of books celebrating little and lesser known artists from our province. The latest in the series is called "The Life and Art of Mildred Valley Thornton" and it's written and researched by Sheryl Salloum. Mildred Valley Thornton was a contemporary of Emily Carr's, though by all accounts, they didn't much like each other. Her paintings capture depict vibrantly coloured BC landscapes and people, especially first nations people.

 
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Readings coming up: November 19th from 3-4 pm at the Nanaimo Public Library and November 23 at the VPL Peter Kaye room at 7 pm. On November 24th she will be talking to the Vancouver Historical Society at the Museum of Vancouver at 7:30 pm.

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Supernatural Noir

Supernatural Noir produced by Fugue Theatre, is a new innovative chamber operetta in the classic film noir style. It premieres October 28th at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island. The plot - a private eye with psychic sensibilities, a businesswoman on the hunt for her missing husband, a pharmaceutical partnership worth millions and a formula that's disappeared. This murder mystery is the first operatic work in Canada to be written completely in the film noir tradition.

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Voices of BC - Leon Ladner

British Columbia's history is filled with fascinating characters and lives lived. Broadcaster Robert Budd brings us some of those voices. From the CBC archives here's a conversation with Leon Ladner, descendent of the founders of Ladner BC.
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Neil Ritchie and Ella!

Neil Ritchie dropped by the studio with a "new" recording from the incredible Ella Fitzgerald.  Last year Verve records released a four cd set titled 12 Nights in Hollywood featuring Ella Fitzgerald live at the Crescendo Club in Hollywood.  The performances date from 1961 and 62.

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Tom Landa - Locarno

Tom Landa heads up the new Vancouver band, Locarno. They will be playing a concert at CBC in Vancouver on Friday Oct 28 at 7:30 pm in celebration of The Day of The Dead. Tickets are FREE but must be reserved by sending an email to rsvp.radio@cbc.ca with Locarno in the subject line.

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Chef Bruce:

Chef Bruce - Apples Pears & Quince Oh My

Chef Bruce Wood is a regular contributor to North by Northwest. He runs Bruce's Kitchen on Salt Spring Island and this week he talks apples and pears and also the lesser known quince.

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Celebrating the Life of David Y. H. Lui

David Y.H. Lui has been called the Dean of Fine and Performing arts in Western Canada.  In a career that lasted more than 40 years he was credited with creating the audience for classical dance and music in Vancouver.

Last month David Y.H. Lui died suddenly, right in the midst of planning his latest production.

Tomorrow (Sunday October 23) there will be a celebration of his very creative life at the Vancouver Playhouse at 2 pm.  Tickets are free.  Email your rsvp.

David Y.H. Lui


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Artist Patrick Hughes

Patrick Hughes is a sculptor, photographer and visual artist. He is one of the artists in a group show on now at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery. The show is titled Peak Year , a reference to the unusually high return of Sockeye salmon last year.

His sculpture Decomposing Salmon was created using contributions of material (driftwood, rusted metal, pitch) from all along the salmon migration route.

Patrick Hughes' sculpture
 

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Barbara Hodgson and The Wundercabinet.

The last time I had  author and book designer Barbara Hodgson on the show we were talking about her wonderful books about colour.  In the course of that conversation she mentioned that she and her collaborator Claudia Cohen were working on something quite extraordinary, which was a book that would also be a Wundercabinet.   Wundercabinets (I learned) were cabinets of curiosities which existed from the 16th to the 18th centuries to contain collections of natural history specimens, scientific apparatus, artifacts and art amassed by all kind of collectors.

Barbara Hodgson brought one of the copies of The Wundercabinet into the studio for me to see.  As it happened Bill Richardson dropped by just as she arrived and as Barbara opened the box to show all the hidden treasures it contained and then flipped through the pages of the book we both actually clapped our hands with delight!

I must tell you first that none of these are ordinary books. The colour series and the Wundercabinet (published by Heavenly Monkey) are hand made, limited edition books which are truly exquisite works of art. 





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Zsuzsi Gartner Shortlisted for Giller Prize

Author Zsuzsi Gartner was so excited when she heard her book was in the running for the Giller Prize that she just about wrecked her vocal chords!  Her shortlisted book is Better Living Through Plastic Explosives, a collection of short stories that writer and artist Douglas Coupland describes as "dazzling" and author Barbara Gowdy calls "irresistible".

Zsuzsi came in to the studio to tape a conversation and I just couldn't stop talking to her.  I enjoyed how she took our conversation into some very unexpected places, much the way she does with her writing. 


Here is the pretty much unedited version of our chat.

Zsuzsi Gartner is taking part in two events at the
Vancouver International Writer's Festival.

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Artist Chris Paul

I met Chris Paul when I was at the Sidney Fine Art Show this week. He is an artist based on Vancouver Island whose work has been seen by millions of people around the world on television! 
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Singer Songwriter Roy Forbes Celebrates 40 Years of Music

Forty years ago Roy Forbes was a teenager when came to Vancouver from Dawson Creek set to launch a musical career. And now he's celebrating all those years of writing and performing and entertaining listeners and audience members all over this country. He's also been producing recordings for other musicians and hosting his own radio show on CKUA in Alberta based on his vast record collection.
He's in the midst of a tour right now around British Columbia as part of the celebration. Watch for him on Salt Spring Island, in Prince George and Quesnel in the next couple of weeks.

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Tabla & Sitar - Mohamed Assani

Mohamed Assani is a highly accomplished and internationally celebrated tabla and sitar player.
He is also a music educator and has taught at the Royal Academy of Music  and the at the BRIT School of Performing Arts - both in  London. He is now based in Vancouver at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music.

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Artist Sandhu Singh

I met artist Sandhu Singh on Thursday night at the gala for the Sidney Fine Arts Show.  In fact I was in on a secret about him that he didn't find out about until I announced it on stage at the awards ceremony.  Sandhu's painting of Fisgard Street in Victoria won him the Best in Show prize and a nice cash prize.  It all came as quite a surprise for Sandhu!


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Lost Childhood Books:

Lost Childhood Books

Every couple of months or so we convene our panel of librarian sleuths. If you've never heard the segment before, here's how it works in a nutshell. You send us emails describing a book from your childhood that you would like to be able to find again. And our librarian sleuths try to track it down. Perhaps you remember the author but not the title. Or maybe the illustrations are a standout for you. Send us as much info as you can remember and our team of volunteer children's librarians will do there best to track them down. (nxnw@cbc.ca) This time Sheryl was joined by Alison Campbell and Fran Ashdown.
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Peter Levitt on Libraries



Peter Levitt is a writer of poetry and non-fiction, a translator and a Zen Buddhist teacher living on Salt Spring Island. He sent us a letter recently explaining how libraries changed his life.


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If you have a story about libraries in your life please send it along for the show.

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Why Music Works with June Goldsmith

June Goldsmith

June Goldsmith is a musician and was founder and long time artistic director of Music in the Morning in Vancouver.  She is also a welcome regular guest on NXNW with her animated talks which give new insight into the lives of composers and the music they created.

We've started a series of concerts, based on June's pieces on NXNW, called Why Music Works.  In October we were on stage at the Mary Irwin Theatre in Kelowna for the second in the series featuring the life and music of Chopin.



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CBC Studio One Book Club with Adam Gopnik




Enter now to win tickets to be in the audience to hear award winning writer

Adam Gopnik, this year's Massey Lecturer. His subject is Winter! The event happens on October 23 at 5:30 pm.

Adam Gopnik


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Author and artist Robyn Levy


Robyn Levy's memoir Most of Me: Surviving My Medical Meltdown tells the story of what happened to her the year she turned forty-three. First she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, a diagnosis she shares with her father and then she discovered she had breast cancer.

While all of that might seem to make for a pretty bleak memoir Robyn Levy surprises readers with her sense of humor about the situation and with her courage in telling a very personal and revealing story of what was a roller coaster of experience.

Robyn Levy is a visual artist, writer and broadcaster.  She credits her family, wonderful friends, medical support and her creative outlets with getting her through what was a very challenging time.

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Nathan Moes

Nathan (aka The Magician) is a singer songwriter who hails from Langley.  He was the winner of the songwriting competition for a scholarship to this year's Island Mountain Arts songwriting workshop.  Part of the prize every year is a chance to appear on North by Northwest. 
It was great to have a chance to meet Nathan, who is juggling a whole array of career options right now and have a chance to hear some of his great music. 

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A Green Dress at the MOA

A Green Dress
I went to the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver this week.  It's always great to go there and you never really need a reason to drop in but this time I went to see a show with the curious title A Green Dress: Objects, Memory and the Museum.  A number of the curators at the MOA have worked to assemble this show and I met with two of them Karen Duffek and Carol Mayer.  They took me on a little tour of A Green Dress, where I cruelly asked them to each choose only two pieces in the exhibition to talk about! 




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Gabriola Artist Tammy Hudgeon

Tammy Hudgeon is one of the artists on Gabriola Island who will be throwing open their studio doors this weekend for the annual Thanksgiving studio tour. Tammy has been working very hard to get ready for the weekend and has many new pieces to show in both her glass and mixed media art.
 
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Percussionist - Trevor Salloum

Trevor Salloum is a percussionist, author and teacher who has conducted workshops and  performed internationally for over 25 years.
He is a member of MAJOR MAMBO - a Latin ensemble based in the Okanagan Valley.
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Chef Bruce:

Gnocchi recipe

Here's Chef Bruce Woods Gnocchi recipe. Read more »

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Viticulturist - Eric von Krosigk

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Eric von Krosigk
Eric von Krosigk is one of the Okanagan Valley's most celebrated winemakers. He is the Viticulturist at Summerhill Pyramid Winery and Chairman of the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society.

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Singing Away the Dark

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Author Caroline Woodward

"Singing Away the Dark" is a beautiful children's picture book by Caroline Woodward that tells the story of a little girl's long scary walk through the woods to catch the school bus and how she conquers her fear. It's illustrated by award winning painter Julie Morstad and nominated for this year's Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Prize.
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Michael V. Smith

Michael V. Smith is one of those multi-talented creative people. He writes poetry,short stories and novels, and makes films as well as performance art. He also teaches creative writing at the UBC Okanagan Campus.  He was on the show to talk (among other things) about his latest novel Progress.

Michael V. Smith





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Kim McMechan singer, songwriter, poet and photographer

It was terrific to have a chance to meet Kim McMechan on the show today. I've been listening to her music on line and reading her poetry and lyrics. She is such a talented writer and singer!
You can enjoy a free download of her song Saturday right now.  And in November Kim will be launching her brand new cd, which she recorded with Colin Linden.

Kim McMechen