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February 2012 Archives

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Plastic Acid

The band Plastic Acid combines a mashup of  classical and contemporary music.

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Lost Childhood Food

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Thanks to everyone who helped Willow with her search for Skyr. I think she's decided to follow up with a trip to the US. 

We are looking for a recipe for Strawberry Snow for Ralph Marryatt who remembers it from when he was a child in Nova Scotia.  I'll put a few of the recipes that have arrived in response to that call on the "read more" link on this page.

We are also looking for something called Yukon Egg but we aren't sure if it is really a food or just eggs kind of gone off!

If you can help send an email to nxnw (at) cbc.ca



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Sarah McLachlan at CBC Toque Session!

Sarah McLachlan rocked Studio 40 at CBC Friday as she opened for one of the choirs from her Sarah McLachlan School of Music, who also rocked!

Everyone agreed it was a wonderful event; a great opportunity to hear her in such an intimate setting and a wonderful showcase for these young performers.

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Chef Bruce:

Chef Bruce - Nettles & Marmalade

Chef Bruce Wood, of Bruce's Kitchen on Saltspring Island brings us recipes and suggestions for nettles and marmalade!  (not together)
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Author Madeline Sonik

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Madeline Sonik is an award winning author living in Victoria. Her latest book, Afflictions and Departures is a literary memoir set in the 1950s and 60s. It is a very personal story set in the historical and sociological context of a very interesting time.

 


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Lost Childhood Foods

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Just like Lost Childhood Books but tastier! North By Northwest is here to help you find that lost childhood food. Was there some delicious dish your grandma made that you haven't been able to find again? Did your great aunt make a killer cookie that no one else seems to know about? Maybe Lost Childhood Foods can help you out. Send an e-mail to nxnw@cbc.ca or keep listening to North by Northwest and see if you can help solve a food mystery...and click below to see some Lost Childhood Foods already sent in.

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Thistallalh Library, Bella Bella

This is a big week for the Thistallalh Memorial Library in Bella Bella, as BC's Lieutenant Governor is coming to call.  It's a small library that was founded a few years back to fill a big gap in the community.  Since then the books have been rolling in and the library has become a real hub in Bella Bella.

Jessie Housty founded the library and who continues to maintain it with donations from some pretty interesting places! 

Jessie Housty


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The National Ballet of Cuba in BC

The National Ballet of Cuba has been touring BC with a production of Don Quixote that is drawing rave reviews.  Matthew McFarlane had a chance to talk to the man who brought the troupe to Canada for this tour and to thank him for the treat for dance lovers here!National Ballet of Cuba
 
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Desperately seeking skyr!

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Willow Yamauchi is looking for skyr.  And she figures she is not alone!  Willow is asking for your help finding her lost childhood favourite and offering to help you find yours!


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Voices of BC: J.W. Inglis

Every time I think about the Imbert Orchard Collection in the BC Archives I am so grateful that we have such a treasure. Imbert Orchard was a CBC Radio producer who travelled the province in the 1950's and 60's with engineer Ian Stephen, collecting interviews with elders.

Robert Budd is a historian based in Victoria who has been working with the Orchard Collection for a few years now.  He's published a book containing some of the great stories from the tapes and now presents a regular feature on NXNW where we get to hear voices from BC's past.

In this episode you'll hear about some of the early history of Lumby from J.W. Inglis.

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Gurpreet Sian and the South Asian beat

Gurpreet Sian spends his days listening to some great South Asian music.  It's his job, as music director with a local radio station and in his role as a coach for several bhangra dance teams. Gurpreet is also managing director for South Asian Arts.
Now he's is going to bring some of his favourite musical finds to us every couple of weeks on NXNW.

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Poet Harold Rhenisch "The Spoken World"

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Harold Rhenisch is a writer and poet from the Okanagan. His latest book is a collection of poems called "The Spoken World." The poems centre on his relationship with long time friend and mentor Robin Skelton, who Rhenisch says, "guided me, out of my earth and my deafness into poetry".


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Les Dala and The Vancouver Bach Choir

The Vancouver Bach Choir celebrates love this month with a performance of 3 sensual and provocative pieces of contemporary music. The concert is on February 25th at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver and features Stravinsky's Les Noces which calls for chorus, soloists, four pianos and much percussion!



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Author Charlotte Gill wins BC National Award for Non-Fiction!

Charlotte Gill spent two decades in the back woods of British Columbia, mostly bent over, shovel in hand, planting tree seedlings. She was one of the army of tree planters who head into the bush every season in this province and in other parts of the country. Charlotte has captured the essence of her years as a planter in her memoir Eating Dirt.  It's a story filled with dirt, discomfort, insects and hard work and with Charlotte's passion for the whole experience! 

Congratulations to Charlotte Gill for the big win!  Seems like all that back breaking labour is paying off!

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Mariko McCrae Ceramics

I love this description of ceramic artist Mariko McCrae that I found on line recently; "part renegade, part court jester, part activist and community builder, but indeed - all artist". 

I have been a big fan of Mariko's ceramic work since I first saw it in a gallery on Gabriola Island.  Mariko plays with design and colour and image to create works that are original, whimsical and always interesting.

Her new show is titled Abigail Tackle: The Life and Times. It's made up of a group of pieces connected by the story of Abagail, who is a fictional character created by Mariko, a prairie woman who is fascinated by the sea!  The show is at the Crafthouse Gallery on Granville Island now.
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Gentlemen of Fortune - Serenade Your Sweetheart

The Gentlemen of Fortune are barbershop singers with a love for Valentine's Day. They love nothing better than to Serenade your Sweetheart. If you'd like to know more call 604-526-2212.

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Dan Mangan

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Dan Mangan could win up to four Juno Awards this year. His nominations are for his album Oh Fortune. NXNW guest host Alya Ramadan had a chat with Dan about all the attention. She began by asking him why he chose Oh Fortune as the album's title.

 

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Julia Trops

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Kelowna artist Julia Trops is working on a project that will take her to Italy in the early summer...as part of a residency program with the Bau Institute, in Otranto, Italy. She popped in to tell guest host, Alya Ramadan about her project, and why she's embarking on this journey now.
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Bernadette McDonald: Freedom Climbers

Freedom Climbers is a story about an elite group of Polish climbers who were leaders in the world of high-altitude climbing. But they conquered more than just the world's highest peaks. The story is just as much about politics and history as it is about adventure and inspiration. NXNW guest host Alya Ramadan sat down with author Bernadette McDonald to learn more about her award winning book.

 

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June Goldsmith and The Symphony

June Goldsmith is a real favourite with listeners to NXNW.  She has a wonderful way of talking about classical music that is entertaining and educational. We always have a great laugh when she's in too! 

For this visit June talks about the symphony form and uses a work from Haydn to illustrate.

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Keith Powell and Jack Fisher

Keith Powell has written two books of historical fiction based on some real characters in BC history.  His first book Living in the Shadow of Fisher Peak, is about Jack Fisher who discovered gold in Wild Horse Creek and who was a pioneer in the Flathead Valley.

When I was in Fernie we had a conversation in the library with a view of Fisher Peak to talk about the book.

His latest book is Raising Kain: The Adventurous Life of Conrad Kain.

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The Be Good Tanyas

Frazey Ford and Trish Klein of the Be Good Tanyas stopped in to NXNW to talk about the re-release of Blue Horse (this time as a vinyl record, with some new songs) and their tour. They play in Vancouver and Victoria February 11 and 12.


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Jordan Scott and Stephen Collis: Decomp

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A few years back poets Jordan Scott and Stephen Collis took several copies of  Darwin's On The The Origin of Species and headed out into the back woods of BC.  They left copies of the book in a variety of climate zones, then came back to collect the volumes a year later.   Now they are working together on a project titled Decomp including words chosen by the environment, Jordan and Stephen's written responses to the texts and photos of the decayed books.  Jordan and Stephen will perform excerpts from Decomp at The Poetry Gabriola Festival which runs February 16-19.
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Canada Reads NXNW contest winners

We're celebrating great writing on NXNW as part of this year's Canada Reads battle of the books. This year, two of the five books are from B.C., John Valliant's The Tiger and Carmen Aguirres's Something Fierce.

We asked, and boy did we receive! You flooded us with fantastic true stories about your encounters with animals or a time when you experienced personal danger.

We have our six winning stories to share, here they are! Congratulations to our winners and thanks to everyone who wrote in.

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Dr. Mike Evans goes viral!

Going viral is usually not a good thing, especially when you're talking about health.  But for Dr. Mike Evans going viral is a dream come true.  His educational video, 23 and 1/2 Hours, has reached almost two million view so far on YouTube!

Dr. Evans is director of a very cool outfit called the Health Design Lab at St Michael's Hospital in Toronto. 

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CBC Kelowna's Alya Ramadan to guest host NXNW

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Alya Ramadan and Hilary Grist Band

Alya hosted the CBC Radio 2 Toque Sessions at Studio 700 the other night when Hilary Grist and her band performed. She's hosting another session tonight (Feb 3) with Yukon Blonde. Next weekend Feb 11, 12 Alya will host North by Northwest from Kelowna.

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Donovan Hough: Metal artist

Donovan Hough is having a blast with blacksmithing!  He's a recent graduate of the Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson where he tried metal working for the first time and fell in love with it.

 His work is part of a group show right now on Granville Island as he is one of the winners this year of the Circle Craft Cooperative Annual Student Scholarships.

You can hear Donovan on Saturday just after the 8 am news.

Donovan Hough in action!


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Great Northern Way Scene Shop

Saturday just after the 7:30 am news, a visit to Great Northern Way Scene Shop. They build sets for the not-for-profit theatre community and offer technical support to artists of all stripes in Vancouver. And meet Joseph Gallaccio. He is part of a collective of artisans (carpenters, painters, metal workers) who make it all happen. 
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