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May 2012 Archives

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John Lee Sanders

John Lee Sanders
John Lee Sanders has been making music for his whole life.  He first performed on stage when  with his brother's band in Birmingham Alabama when he was 12 years old. 
Since then he's played major blues and jazz festivals around the world and worked with most of the legends in the business.  He's been nominated for an Emmy and won a bunch of Canadian Music Awards.  He's a pianist, sax and guitar player, songwriter and singer!


He came to Canada first to work with Long John Baldry and liked it so much he stayed.
He's going to be performing at the Powell River Blues Festival and the Pender Harbour Blues Festival early in June and opening for Bonnie Raitt in August.

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Peter Boychuk : Shelter from the Storm

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Peter Boychuk is about to experience one of the most amazing moments of his play writing career.  It's not very long since Peter graduated with an MFA  from the University of Victoria.  Now he's getting to see a professional production of his first full length play, Shelter from the Storm, from Touchstone Theatre.

Shelter from the Storm looks at Canada's relations with young Americans escaping war by coming to our country.


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Dave Morris : Photo Booth

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Dave Morris has no idea what will happen when he goes on stage with his show Photo Booth at the Uno Festival in Victoria.  Really, no idea.  But that doesn't bother him at all. In fact that's they way he wants it.   Dave performs improv and has been for more than a decade.  In Photo Booth, as in earlier works, he explores characters and stories based on audience suggestions.

It's interesting to talk to Dave about improv.  It's his way of performing and telling stories and also his way of living.  Check out his TEDx talk The Way of Improv.  (he's also a storyteller, poet, musician and blogger)


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Samantha Dickie : Fired Up!

Samantha Dickie's installation The Living Road
Samantha Dickie is a ceramic artist from Victoria whose work has been exhibited across the country. 

She describes her pieces as organic in form, inspired by the natural environment and by elements of industrial decay in the landscape.

Samantha is a guest artist this weekend at the not-to-be-missed annual Fired Up! Contemporary Works in Clay  show in Metchosin.

Samantha will be my guest Saturday morning just after the 7 am news.

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Rayman Bhuller

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Rayman Bhuller is one of Canada's most accomplished dhol players and founder of Surrey's Dhol Nation Academy. He's performing as part of the City of Bhangra Festival taking place in Vancouver and Surrey.
I had a great conversation with Rayman about his studies in India and his support of local artists.
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Who's There: A celebration of Dr Peter Loeffler at UBC

Dr Peter Loeffler
Peter Loeffler taught theatre history for 30 years at UBC.  In that time he inspired, motivated and challenged his students and became one of the much loved teachers for students from many disciplines.  He was well known for his insightful encouragement of students, his inventive approaches to teaching and his generosity to many.

On May 26 a group of theatre alumni from UBC are presenting a series of theatrical shorts followed by a bit of party, all to honour their former professor and to raise money for the Peter Loeffler Memorial Prize in Theatre It happens at the Frederick Wood Theatre, curtain at 7;30.

Deb Pickman and Gerald Vanderwoude have some very fond memories of studying and working with Peter Loeffler.


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Tiny Homes With Lloyd Kahn

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Lloyd Khan is the best selling author of the cult book Shelter and former editor of Whole Earth Catalog. He has a new book, Tiny Homes.
The book is not just about tiny homes but about the people behind a grassroots movement. It's about people who, for whatever reason, choose living small over living large.

You can win a copy of Tiny Homes by telling your experience of living in a very small space.
Email to nxnw (at) cbc.ca

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Voices of BC : Guy Lawrence

Guy Lawrence was a youngster when his father decided to leave England for the Klondike goldrush and take Guy with him.  They struggled to get to the gold fields and had the usual results from their claim!

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May Day

Here's that link for the New Wesminster May Day Celebrations archive


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Photographer Hua Jin

There's a photographic and video show on right now at the Richmond Art Gallery by the Vancouver based artist Hua Jin.

Hua's show is called My Big Family.  Hua was feeling very isolated when she moved, all by herself, to Canada so decided on a trip home to follow her family with a camera. The work also explores some of the effects of China's one child policy.

Hua Jin is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University.


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The Stage Manager

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Emelia Symington Fedy knows theatre!  She's an actor, writer, director, dramaturge and a founder of The Chop Theatre in Vancouver.  She's also a freelance broadcaster at CBC and for the next few weeks on the show she's going to take us behind the scenes at the theatre. 

We'll hear from costumer designers, props managers, lighting designers and more.

This week you'll hear from the the stage manager.  The legendary Chris Allen will take us into his world back stage and recall some of his highlights working in London's West End!


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The Royal BC Museum celebrates the Diamond Jubilee in photos.

Cecil Beaton photograph of Queen Elizabeth II
On June the first the doors will open on a brand new show at the Royal BC Museum featuring dozens of portraits of Queen Elizabeth II taken by the multi-talented Cecil Beaton.  The images in the show range from shots of Princess Elizabeth as a young child and trace her official life (with some surprisingly domestic moments) up to 1968.

Lorne Hammond is curator of history at the RBCM
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Egan Davis - Garden Guy digs digging!

The NXNW garden guy, Egan Davis showed up to talk about planting. He brought along his favourite gardening tool. Elvis: The King of Spades.

Egan mentioned Korean Lilac, Serviceberry and the Judas Tree this morning on the show.

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Pianist Jane Coop

Pianist Jane Coop is one of Canada's most distinguished musicians. She has recorded and toured extensively throughout North America, Asia and Europe. She has collaborated with the principal Orchestras of Canada. And she has taught at the University of British Columbia's School of Music for more than 3 decades. But now Jane has decided it's time to move on from the university and begin the next chapter in her life with a focus on performing.

She will be playing a farewell concert with friends on Sat May 26 at 4 pm at the Barnett Hall, UBC School of Music.



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Armen Martirosyan with Inga and Anush Arshakyans

Armen Martiroysan is an Armenian-Russian composer and songwriter who now lives in B.C. where he is continuing his musical career.
He collaborates with many musicians here and in Europe, including two very talented sisters, Inga and Anush Arshakyans.  They have represented Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest and have recorded three albums.

They are performing on May 13 at 5 pm at the Gateway Theatre in Richmond. 
Inga and Anush

If you do a search for them on youtube you'll see many wonderful videos of their songs!  I've loaded a few links on the Facebook site for the show.


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Leonard Cohen Haiku

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Thanks to everyone who took the time this weekend to write a haiku (or a close approximation of one) for or about Leonard Cohen.
I have done a random draw from the 200+ poems, many very fine, and some very funny!

The winner of the pair of tickets for the Leonard Cohen concert in Vancouver in November is Dawne Garnett from Nelson.

You can get more information about the Old Ideas World Tour on the CBC Music site.

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Saying good-bye to Shirley Valentine

Nicola as Shirley in a bathing suit
For more than 20 years Nicola Cavendish has been performing Shirley Valentine (by Willy Russell) to critical acclaim across the country.  She's received a Jessie and a Dora Mavor Moore award for her performance.

But now Nicola has some new projects in mind and she's saying good-bye to Shirley. Your last chance to see her in the role is May 15 to 20 at the McPherson Playhouse in Victoria. (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre)


I had a chance for a great long chat with Nicola recently, about Shirley, about acting, about  becoming a widow and about seeking new challenges.  I enjoyed our conversation so much!
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Narvaez Bay: Tidal Predictions for 2012

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Artist Mark Timmings has collaborated with musician Stephen Morris and the tides for this new musical work.  It's being premiered on Saturna Island on May 12 with a choir under the direction of Sharon Schermbrucker and a group of musicians.

I talked to Mark while he was looking out from his home to the sparkling waters of Narvaez Bay!


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May Q. Wong: Cowherd in Paradise

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May Wong has written a very interesting book based on her family. It tells a very intimate family story about her parents challenging marriage, their years of separation because of Canada's immigration policy and their ultimate reunion in Canada.

 The story is also set against a very turbulent time in China and a time of great change in Canada.

Cowherd in Paradise: From China to Canada is published by Brindle and Glass.


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Willow Yamauchi - Bad Mommy

Willow Yamauchi is a Vancouver-based writer, artist and mother of 2. You've heard her on the show before talking about everything from gourmet cheese, to being raised on a commune. In fact her first book was called Adult Child of Hippies.

Well her 2nd book has just come out and she calls it Bad Mommy. Willow believes women need to stop lying to themselves and to others about the Mommy experience.




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Chef Bruce - Rhubarb and Asparagus

Chef Bruce Wood from Bruce's Kitchen on Salt Spring Island always makes me so hungry when we talk. The way the man describes food is magical.

You'll have to hear what he has to say about rhubarb and asparagus!

(Click "read more" for recipes)


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Samantha Reynolds - One Poem a Day

  Samantha Reynolds is the the founder and president of a Vancouver company called Echo Memoirs. They specialize in helping people and companies record their stories in book form.
So she's had plenty of experience in the business of writing. But she never thought of herself as a particularly creative writer.

Then she had an idea to write a poem a day, and publish it on a blog. She's been at it everyday now for over a year.
Her poems can be read and the book purchased at Bentlily.

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June Goldsmith - Musical Miniatures.

June Goldsmith drops by from time to time to talk music with Sheryl MacKay. Herself a musician and an educator, June brings us the stories behind classical music. This week she talks about musical miniatures.

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Cooking Club:

Chef Martin Picard in the Sugar Shack


Chef Martin Picard
Martin Picard aka The Wild Chef is best known for his Montreal restaurant which draws diners from around the world.  Au Pied de Cochon gets rave reviews for Picard's innovative use of all animal parts.

Chef Picard also owns a sugar shack just outside Montreal where he has established another restaurant, celebrating maple syrup!

And now he has a sumptuous new cook book filled with photos from the bush and incredible recipes titled Au Pied  de Cochon Sugar Shack.
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We have a copy of this wonderful book to give away.  To enter the contest please send a memory you have of maple syrup.  I'll be giving the book away next weekend on the show so you have until Friday to enter.  Send an email to nxnw (at) cbc.ca


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Mystery, murder and mayhem in May

Mystery lovers take note: all this month CBC Writes is delving into the darker side of writing and reading with author tips, interviews and a great contest.

I love a good mystery and have often tried to puzzle out a good plot for one. (no luck so far!) That has not been a problem for writers Roy Innes and Deryn Collier.  Roy has published three mystery novels so far, the latest is Murder in the Chilcotin and Deryn is about to bring our her first novel, Confined Space, which has already won and Arthur Ellis award.

Roy and Deryn will be my guests just after 7 am on Sunday.

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Sculptor Trinita Waller

When I was on Vancouver Island recently I had a chance to visit the studio of Trinita Waller in  East Sooke.  Trinita is a sculptor who works in wood, stone and bronze.  She is especially known for her fluid and dynamic pieces based on the female form.  You can see her work in Vancouver at the  Kurbatoff Gallery.

Helen by Trinita Waller

The East Sooke Fine Art Show runs May 4-6.


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Cabinetmaker Melissa Moure

Melissa Moure is one of the students at the Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinet Making in Roberts Creek, on the Sunshine Coast.  She was heading down a very different career path when she decided to make at 180 turn and head for cabinet making school!

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Bollywood Shenanigans

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Leena Manro and Munish Sharma are the creators and two of the performers in the sketch comedy troupe Bollywood Shenanigans. As they say, it's kind of  Desi style SNL!  I first talked to them three years ago just after they started with their hit "I Can't Believe it's Not Butter Chicken!" Since then they've developed two more shows, toured and started a comedy radio show.

They'll be performing their latest show, "The Fellowship of the Butter Chicken" May 9 to 12 at CBC's Studio 700.
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Gardener Egan Davis - spring planting

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Allium Bulgarica - attracts hummingbirds
It's that time of year again -- to plant and weed and prune and generally enjoy our outdoor spaces. So we invited our resident Garden guy Egan Davis to stop by for a chat. Egan is a certified horticulturist at VanDusen Gardens in Vancouver and he focuses on sustainable gardening.


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Author Anakana Schofield - "Malarky"

Irish born Vancouver author Anakana Schofield's first novel is called "Malarky." It's the story of a middle-aged everywoman we know as Our Woman. She's a woman who will not be sunk even though she's being forced to look grief right in the eye.

Sheryl's interview with author Anakana Schofield will air Sunday morning May 6th after the 8:30 news.


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