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March 2012 Archives

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Maria Coffey and Dag Goering work to save elephants.

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Maria Coffey and Dag Goering have been travelling the world for years now as adventurers, and travel guides.  Dag is a veterinarian and photographer.  Maria is an award winning author.
They make quite a team!

Recently they've begun the Elephant Earth Initiative to help protect elephants and their habitat. They're touring  BC right now giving presentations about the threats facing elephants and the work of their organization, complete with Dag's stunning photographs and Maria's stories.



April 2 at the West Vancouver Library at 7 pm
April 3 in Whistler at the library at 7 pm
April 4 in Vancouver at The Anza Club at 7 pm
April 13 in Nelson at The Commons at 7 pm
April 20 in Golden with a location tba

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Susan Smith-Josephy's book on Lillian Alling

Author Susan Smith-Josephy, a self proclaimed research junkie, has written a new book about Lillian Alling and her long walk from New York to Sibera in the 1920's. The book focuses on the BC, Yukon and Alaska portions of her trip. It's called 'Lillian Alling - The Journey Home.'


 
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Songwriting Band Camp in Wells

The deadline is approaching to apply for a scholarship to go to this summer's Songwriting Band Camp in Wells.  The camp is presented by Island Mountain Arts. The contest is open to emerging and professional songwriters, you must enter by April 20.  Find all the details at Island Mountain Arts.

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Spring in the Okanagan

Leila Ward sent photos of her crocus blooms and a bee from somewhere in the Okanagan.
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'That Which Makes Us Haida: the Haida Language' exhibit at Bill Reid Gallery

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A very dramatic and moving exhibit has just opened at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver.

It's called 'That Which Makes Us Haida: The Haida Language'. It's the culmination of 8 years of work photographing, interviewing and audio-taping the last surviving fluent speakers of the Haida language. There are fewer than 40 elders who learned Haida as their first language - and still speak fluently. Their average age is about 85 - and many died before seeing the exhibit launched. The installation and accompanying book document their heroic efforts to keep the language alive. The exhibit is at the gallery until September.  Pamela Post has a tour of the show.

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From 'The Judy & Jim Show' to 'The Flying Walchuks'

Judy Ginn Walchuk and Jim Walchuk were the 'Donny & Marie' of Canada back in the 1970's with their swingin' variety show on CBC-Television, 'The Judy and Jim Show'.

After that, the brother-and-sister act travelled around the world - where they worked with music and show business royalty. They even played for Noel Coward's birthday party in London - at the request of David Frost!

40 years later, this talented duo is back together again, making music on a new release called 'The Flying Walchuks'. Judy and Jim came into the studio to share some memories and some tracks from their new album.

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The Farmhouse Natural Cheeses

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Debra Amreein-Boyes is a master cheese maker on her family farm in Agassiz.  The farm is home to cows and goats and to The Farmhouse Natural Cheeses. 
Willow Yamauchi has been sampling a cheese a day for 100 days, and the cheese from The Farmhouse really captured her tastebuds.

You can hear more about The Farmhouse cheeses on Saturday just after 7 am.




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Cooking Club:

Looneyspoons!

Janet and Greta Podleski are such fun to spend time with and I got a chance to do just that recently when they dropped by the NXNW Cooking Club to talk about their latest cookbook, The Looneyspoons Collection. 

I love the story of how the two of them set out in the 90's to produce their first cookbook, simply called Looneyspoons, with very little knowledge of how to publish and even less money!  But their belief in what they were doing, bringing together sound nutritional advice, great recipes and a lot of puns, jokes and crazy illustrations paid off big time!

Janet and Greta have published three #1 best selling cook books, had their own tv show and have developed their own line of food!

You can hear some of the fun we had when the sisters prepare a delicious Thai chicken pizza in the demo kitchen at Barbara Jo's Books to Cooks.  (since it's a Looneyspoons recipe you know the title has to be fun; Thai Kwon Dough)

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The recipe they talked about on the show is available as a pdf in the Cooking Club link on the upper right hand side of this page.

Janet and Greta gave me two copies of The Looneyspoons Collection to give away. So if you'd like to have a chance at one please send me your best cooking tip. You can email to nxnw (at) cbc.ca 


Janet and Greta with Thai Kwon Dough at Barbara Jo's






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Jeff Chiba Stearns' documentary 'Mixed Match'

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People of mixed ethnicity - often Asian and Caucasian - are one of the largest growing demographics in North America. But it's also a group that is least likely to sign-up for bone marrow registries.

Maya from 'Mixed Match'

Many people of mixed ancestry are being diagnosed with life-threatening blood illnesses, like leukemia, only to find that there is no one on the bone marrow registry that matches their type. It can be the difference between life and death.

Filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns is painting a portrait of many such people - and raising awareness about the need to register as a donor in his new documentary 'Mixed Match'.

 

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My Year of the Racehorse - Kevin Chong

Vancouver author Kevin Chong's latest book is called My Year of the Racehorse: Falling in Love with the Sport of Kings It's the true story of the people he met in the barns and the ups and downs of being a racehorse owner.
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NXNW's Newsday Student

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Let me introduce you to Allie Graham!
She was one of the students chosen, from many hundreds who auditioned, to be part of CBC Newsday this year.  Allie is a grade 11 student from Cariboo Hill Secondary in Burnaby and she tells me she'd really like to work in broadcasting some day.
She did a great job with her story about Collage Collage in Vancouver which is a place where kids and adults can make and learn about art of all kinds.

I think you can see how much she enjoyed herself in Studio 10 as she was getting ready for her live debut!

CBC Newsday is Wed. March 28.

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Steve Edge from Rogue Folk Club

Steve Edge arrived at Studio 10 this morning to talk about his recent trip to the big Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis with a bag of cds he wanted to play.  We only had time to sample a few but already I've had emails from listeners wanting to know more about the music.
So here is the list.
Kat Dancer,  Passin-a-time,    Miss Bessie's Blues
Atomic Duo,  Broadsides,  Prohibition is still a Failure
The Carper Farmily,  Back When,  Who are u texting 2night
Dale Watson and the Texas Two,  The Sun Session,  Jonny at the Door
New Country Rehab,  Mind Your own Business
He also mentioned:
The Fretless
Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra

Check the Rogue Folk Club site for links to shows and his music podcast.  

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Elizabeth Pitcairn and her famous Red Violin come to Prince George

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It's not often that a musical instrument is as famous as its famous player.

But that's the case for violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn. She has a world-renowned partner in her Mendelssohn Stradivarius.

It's the same violin that inspired the Francois Girard film 'The Red Violin'.

It was made by Stradivarius in 1720 and bought for a then-16-year-old Elizabeth Pitcairn by her grandfather at Christie's London Auction House in 1990.

Now a celebrated violinist, Elizabeth Pitcairn and her Strad (named Felix) travel and play all over the world. They're coming to perform with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Evan Mitchell later this month.

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Maestro Giuseppe 'Joey' Pietraroia's farewell concert with the Victoria Choral Society

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Giuseppe Pietraroia is known - affectionately - by the many singers and musicians he conducts as 'Maestro Joey'.

He's the Music Director of the Victoria Choral Society and the Conductor-in-Residence for both Pacific Opera Victoria and the Victoria Symphony.

Maestro Joey steps down from his role with the Victoria Choral Society this month, perhaps fittingly, with a concert of two requiems, by French composers Faure and Durufle.

Pamela Post prepared this piece about the maestro and the concert...

 

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Fresco

The Vancouver Italian Cultural Centre is buzzing these days with A Question of Loyalty.  It's a project all about the experiences of some Italian Canadians during World War II when they were branded Enemy Aliens and lost homes, jobs and families.

Part of the project is a play, Fresco, which follows one family trying to make peace with a troubled history.  Stefano Guilianetti is one of the writers and actors and he'll be my guest on Sunday after the 8:30 news.

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Blooming Heather

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Heather is a great addition to a BC garden. Depending where you are in the province it blooms in winter and early spring, when little else is creating any colour and in the summer too.  And it comes it a whole range of hues.  And it's fairly easy to please.

Elaine Scott is a master gardener and an expert on growing heathers. You can contact her via the site for the BC Heather Society.




The Vancouver Island Heather Society is holding their annual sale on March 31 at Cobble Hill Farmer's Institute Hall.  Get there early for the best selection of heather for sale. 

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Leslie Dala and Haydn's Creation

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The Vancouver Bach Choir has been spending some time in Eden lately, rehearsing for their performance of Haydn's Creation.  Music Director Leslie Dala was all smiles when he stopped by the studio to talk about the piece, the side-effect of spending days immersed in such beautiful music.

The concert is March 31 at the Orpheum in Vancouver.

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Ubuntu : The Cape Town Project

In South Africa the word Ubuntu refers to how people are all somehow connected.  It's also the title of a play that started as a collaboration between a Canadian theatre company and a South African group. 

Daryl Cloran, who is the Artistic Director of the Western Canada Theatre Company, was one of the people who created the project and the play. 

Ubuntu is touring BC right now.

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Kytami!

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If you have ever seen violinist Kytami perform my guess is, you won't soon forget her!  Kytami is a talented musician and a dynamic performer who has been described as a violin extremist.  She studied classical violin from a very young age and these days composes and plays her own tunes.

Kytami played for years with Delhi2Dublin and has now launched a solo career which has her collaborating with a whole range of other musicians and vocalists.  Her new cd Kytami features a range of musical guests.

 
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Studio One Book Club:

Eva Stachniak and The Winter Palace

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Catherine the Great came to Russia as a young German princess and in a relatively short span of time emerged as one of the most powerful monarchs in history.

Her fascinating story is told in a new novel from Eva Stachniak, titled The Winter Palace.

We had a great time with Eva recently in the Studio One Book Club. 

She talked about her own move from Poland to Canada, her writing and of course her research into the life of Catherine the Great. 

Part two of the Book Club will air after 8:30 on Saturday March 24.
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Western Canada Theatre - Ubuntu (The Cape Town Project)

Daryl Cloran is the Artistic Direct of Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops.

He was instrumental in creating a new, original play call Ubuntu (The Cape Town Project) which is currently touring BC.

You can hear Sheryl's interview with Daryl Cloran tomorrow morning (Sat Mar 24) after the 6:30 news.
















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Gurpreet Sian

Gurpreet is a dj and Punjabi music director at a local station and he's one of the founders of South Asian Arts which is an organization dedicated to teaching traditional South Asian dance, drumming and other performing arts.


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Voices of BC - Cecilia Bullen

Cecilia Bullen was born in Victoria in 1889, a descendent of two very well known BC families, the Helmckens and the Mouats.  Rob Budd presents another in his series, based on the Imbert Orchard audio collection at the BC Archives.


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June Goldsmith

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June Goldsmith is back this week with an opera whirlwind we're calling Tosca...in 20!  Hold on to your hats and get ready for a an operatic rollercoaster.




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Vanderhoof Artist Annerose Georgeson

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When I was up in Prince George recently - I had the pleasure of seeing the artwork of Annerose Georgeson.

Her evocative paintings in acrylic are currently on exhibit at the Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George until April.

Annerose Georgeson is an artist from nearby Vanderhoof.

It's an area of the province whose forest has been highly impacted by the effects of the mountain pine beetle, forest fires and farming.

But where Annerose Georgeson once saw devastation - she now sees beauty and purpose.

She's turned all these effects on her beloved forest - into art on the canvas.

I spoke to Annerose Georgeson, surrounded by her vibrant, stunning acrylic paintings, in an exhibit called 'Field Notes'.

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Lynne Bowen and the story of Italians in BC

Lynne Bowen is an author and historian who has written a half dozen books on Western Canadian history. Her latest, Whoever Gives Us Bread tells the story of Italians in BC, beginning in the mid 1800's.  Through meticulous research in Canada and in Italy Lynne tells the stories of many of the individuals who made a new life in BC.
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Chef Bruce:

Chef Bruce's Irish Feast

Chef Bruce Wood of Bruce's Kitchen on Salt Spring Island, and NXNW's resident chef presents an Irish Feast with everything from soda bread to champ and home made Irish Cream!

Click 'read more' for his Irish Feast Recipes.



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Meet Vancouver Opera's Diva of Costume Design - Parvin Mirhady

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From 'Nixon in China' to 'Lillian Alling' - Vancouver Opera's Head of Costumes Parvin Mirhady - and her creative team - have a reputation for designing opera costumes that deserve a curtain call or two of their own.

We caught up with Parvin Mirhady as she was in the sleep-deprived final days leading up to the opening of VO's latest production: 'The Barber of Seville'. Parvin designed every piece of wardrobe for the 1940's movie-set-inspired production - right down to period-accurate boxer shorts!

Parvin came to Canada from Iran, and was working as a designer and then in the film industry when she was hit with the opera bug. Sheryl talked to Parvin Mirhady, surrounded by costumes, in the VO Wardrobe Department.
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Singer and songwriter Buckman Coe

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Buckman Coe's music has been called "sunny" and "thought provoking" and I think both are apt descriptions of the songs on his latest cd "By the Mountain's Feet"  I had such an interesting conversation with Buckman who is also a yogi and an eco-psychologist.

Buckman Coe will perform at the Biltmore in Vancouver on March 14 as he heads out on a cross Canada tour.

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Linda Ohama Cloth Letters Project

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One year ago, the world was stunned with the news of a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that hit the coast of Japan. 19,000 people  are killed or missing  the lives of thousands more in Tohoku are changed forever.

Japanese-Canadian filmmaker and artist Linda Ohama launched the Cloth Letters Project. Hundreds of Canadian children drew, painted and embroidered cloth squares with images of hope and support to the thousands of Japanese children of Tohoku. Soon, the cloth letters were sewn together and were big enough to fill a gymnasium. Linda Ohama talks about how the Cloth Letters Project continues to grow and how Tohoku still needs our support.

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Emma Swan brings a library to a refugee camp in Palestine

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Emma Swan - a young graduate of the Langara College Peace and Conflict Studies program - had an idea. She wanted to open a library for women and children at a refugee camp in Palestine, where illiteracy for women and children is a huge barrier.
And she did it.
There is now a well-stocked and much-loved library at the Karama Women's and Children's Centre at the Deheishe refugee camp in the West Bank.
But it was no small feat to get that library going! 
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Emma will be speaking about her project on March 14th at the Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace in Vancouver at 7 pm. The event is sponsored by


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Doug Koyama wants to get everyone singing

Doug Koyama is a singer, composer and perfomer from Quesnel.  It was great to meet him at the CBC studio in Prince George last week. Doug is passionate about singing and loves the idea of getting others singing too.  His songs aren't in any language you've ever heard as Doug makes up the sounds and improvises his performances using loops and pedals.
Here's his song November 18th to start our conversation.

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Doug Koyama




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Party at Purden Ski Village!

Thanks again to Keith and Michaela Buchanan of Purden Lake Ski Resort for being such wonderful hosts for North by Northwest on Saturday March 3.  I'll be playing back the show we recorded in the ski lodge this Saturday.

Bottom of the yellow run at Purden
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KHAOS, the opera

The town of Nelson is buzzing with anticipation of the opening of a brand new locally created opera.  It's titled KHAOS and is a modern version of the ancient Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter.

Composer Don MacDonald and writer Nicola Harwood have been working for years to create the piece. They were commissioned to write KHAOS by the Amy Ferguson Institute.
KHAOS runs March 8 - 10 at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson and March 17 at the Key City Theatre in Cranbrook.  Later in the spring it will tour to Trail, Grand Forks and Creston.

Freelancer Bill Metcalfe has the story of the opera.
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kHAOS rehearsal in Nelson.
Photo by Julie Castonguay of a KHAOS rehearsal in Nelson.

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Film Maker Kagan Goh - Stolen Memories

Vancouver film maker, Kagan Goh talks with guest host Paolo Pietropaolo about his film which centres on a Japanese Canadian family who gets reunited with a family photo album almost 60 years after it was taken from them during WWII.

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Dancer Margaret Grenier

Margaret Grenier, dancer, choreographer, and the driving force behind the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival which is happening this coming weekend at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. (Mar 8 - 11, 2012) Marget spoke with guest host Paolo Pietropaolo.

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Big World Band

There's a new band in town with a bold name - but an appropriate name. They're called the Big World Band. It's a string band whose membership illustrates just how big the world is and just how much of it can be found in one form or another right here in BC. When you listen to the Big World Band, you are hearing instruments from many countries: Iran, Saudi Arabia, China, Spain, Turkey and India. Almost all of them are relatives of the lute. The Big World Band is the brainchild of two composers, Farshid Samandari and John Oliver, and the band will stage its debut concert this coming Friday evening in Vancouver. Farshid Samandari came by the NXNW studio to tell guest host Paolo Pietropaolo about how this motley crew of string aficionados came together.
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Storyteller Paul Michel

Paul Michel is the director of the First Nations Centre at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George. We sat down for a chat about the power and importance of oral story-telling.
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Prince George Spelling Bee Kids

Katherine and Nancy Li are sisters, both Grade 6 students in Prince George - and about to compete against each other and 30 other kids in the regional finals of the big Canspell Spelling Bee. Listen to Sheryl's talk with these two master-spellers.
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