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June 2012 Archives

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Edward Phillips and The Big Screen

The Artist
Edward Phillips is a writer based in Vancouver who has a passion for film and especially for movies of an older vintage. He's going to be dropping by the studio to talk about some of his favourites and looking at what makes them stand the test of time.

This week, with the multi-award winning movie The Artist out on dvd Edward looks way back to the silent era and Grandma's Boy.

Harold Lloyd : Grandma's Boy


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Conductor Arthur Arnold

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Conductor Arthur Arnold divides his time between a busy conducting schedule in Europe - and his other backyard - Powell River.

He's right in the middle of two major musical events in the northern Sunshine Coast town, the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific and the International Choral Kathaumixw Festival.


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Hop the Twig : CBC Short Film Face Off

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Kyle Rideout's first outing as a film director is making a real splash.  Hop the Twig has been winning awards at festivals all over and is now a contender in CBC's Short Film Face Off.  Kyle dropped by the studio to talk about his film debut, along with young actress Emily Kozak who stars in the film.  It was her first film too!

Join the Hop the Twig Facebook page!

Later on Saturday you'll have the chance to vote to make Hop the Twig the winner!


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Author Deryn Collier


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Local author Deryn Collier has a penchant for writing mystery stories. Although she always knew it was something she wanted to do, it took a lot of self-convincing and determination to pursue her goal. But now all that hard work has come full circle as she is now the proud author of the suspense novel 'Confined Space'.

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The Genius and Madness of artist William Kurelek

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Curator Mary Jo Hughes says William Kurelek should be considered in the top 10 of Canada's greatest visual artists.  Yet his art is not as well-known as that of the Group of Seven or Emily Carr - iconic Canadian landscape artists - where Kurelek's work is full of people, narrative and often compared to Bruegel or Bosch.

William Kurelek lived 50 short, but prolific and turbulent years - from 1927 - 1977. He lived with serious mental illness, and spent 7 years in early adulthood in and out of psych wards.

A rare, major retrospective of his powerful paintings is on until September 3, at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, where I toured the exhibit and sat down for a chat with one of the show's 3 curators - Mary Jo Hughes.
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Willow Yamauchi and memorial tattoos

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There are many ways to commemorate a significant person or event in your life - including body art.

Willow Yamauchi shares the moving story of the tattoo that she and 12 family members got in honour of the sister she lost.

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Vancouver Chamber Choir

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The Vancouver Chamber Choir has embarked on the third cd in their Music for Healing series. First they created Finding the Still Point and then Unexpected Gifts and now they are working on A Quiet Place. 

You can still get involved with the process too! You can sponsor a page, or part of a page, in the cd package and honour someone at the same time.  There is also a chance to purchase a limo from the choir.  Check the links on the VCC website and contact Laverne G'froerer for more details.

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Designer Mita Naidu

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Vancouver designer Mita Naidu doesn't believe fashion belongs in a 'cultural silo'.

She blends her Indian aesthetic with a western, multicultural sensibility - and the result is fashions have that 'wow' factor.
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Chef Bruce:

Chef Bruce!

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This weekend Chef Bruce Wood of Bruce's Kitchen pays tribute to a much respected Salt Spring Islander. 
John Wilcox was a long time farmer and volunteer on the Island and he will be sorely missed by so many friends and by all the people who have enjoyed his harvests.

(for some reason I can't seem to load the audio of this conversation right now. Please check back on Sunday to see if we've managed to correct the problem)



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Author Buffy Cram

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I had such fun talking to author Buffy Cram when she dropped by the studio. I also really enjoyed reading her debut collection of short stories Radio Belly.  Buffy tackles some serious topics in these stories but does so with a very deft hand and a touch of magic realism.

Besides being a very talented writer Buffy Cram is a seasoned world traveller. This collection was inspired, written, edited, and revised while she was living in five or six different countries! 



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Meet Poetess Mayaan Asmoucha

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She's only just graduating from Grade 4 at Vancouver's Charles Dickens Elementary School - but young Mayaan Asmoucha is making a mark with her poetry.

Mayaan won first prize in the national Polar Expressions poetry contest, winning cash for herself and her school - but also the right to be published in a book of writing by young Canadians.

Her winning entry was a poem about Valdes Island in the Gulf Islands off the BC coast - where her parents and grandparents have gone for the respite of nature for years.

As Sheryl discovered when Mayaan came in for a visit - this little poet has a soul that runs deep...
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Music for Healing

The Vancouver Chamber Choir is getting set to release the final CD in their 3 part series called Music for Healing.

The CDs are designed to accompany people facing serious life challenges.

And they've been used in palliative care, by physicians and families. Laverne G'froerer is the co-producer of the Music for Healing Series.

You can hear that conversation Sunday Jun 24 after the 7:00 am news.

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Author Daniel Griffin

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Daniel Griffin's new book Stopping for Strangers has been described as "sparkling" filled with "emotional complexity" and "strong, surprising and full of heart". 

It's a collection of short stories that delve into the
intricacies of family relationships. And it's been nominated for several major awards.

I enjoyed talking to Daniel about his writing and about how he is inspired by life with his three young children.

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Vern Lambourne : Granville Island Brewing

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Vern is the brew master at Granville Island Brewing.  He has some great tips for pairing beer and food. 

And he's offering some delicious recipes for pairing with some great Granville Island brews. You'll find them on the "read more" tab.
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Shadan Saul

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A few years back Shadan Saul made a musical change of direction. She had been studying and singing jazz but decided that she really wanted to try opera.  So she began with the opera program at UBC and knew she had found where she was meant to be musically.


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Michael Juk on trumpet auditions


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MIchael Juk is a long time music producer at CBC Vancouver.  His latest blog on the CBC Music site is all about trumpet auditions and includes some valuable tips for anyone about to undertake such a challenge!

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Stephanie Yuen : East Meets West

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Stephanie Yuen has been hugely influential in the Vancouver food scene for years.  She has written about food for English and Chinese language newpapers, magazines and websites, appeared on countless radio and tv shows and is co-founder of the Vancouver Chinese Restaurant Awards.

Now she has finally created her own cookbook!  It's East Meets West: Traditional and Contemporary Asian Dishes from Acclaimed Vancouver Restaurants.  And recently we had Stephanie as a guest in the Cook Club at Books to Cooks to talk about her passion for food and about the new book.
You can hear her on Saturday just after 7:30 am.

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Egan Davis - The care and feeding of garden containers

NXNW's Garden Guy, Egan Davis gives us the lowdown on how best to take care of our garden containers.

From the soil, to the water to the fertilizer, he covers it all.

 
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Tears of Mehndi by Raminder Sidhu

"Tears of Mehndi" is the name of Raminder Sidhu's first novel. It explores the complex lives of people living in Vancouver's Little India. And is told through the perspectives of several women of different ages. Women caught between 2 cultures, struggling with tradition and western values.

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The Hammock Residency

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Heidi Nagtegaal is an artist based in Vancouver who wanted to help fellow artists and so she came up with a unique way to do that.  It's called The Hammock Residency and CBC's Jennifer Chen went to Heidi's house to find out what the residency is all about.


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Rena Sharon and Arts of Conscience

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I always love to have Rena Sharon as a guest in the studio. She is articulate and thought provoking and she is passionate about music and art and the role they play in our lives.

Rena is a pianist, a professor at UBC and more recently the founder of the Vancouver International Song Institute.  (which is so many things that it's best if you go to the website to find out all about it)

This year she has added a new component to the Institute.  It's called Arts of Conscience and so I asked Rita to come in to explain more about the idea behind this series of events.

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Baker Byron Fry

Whole Wheat Country Loaf made with Metchosin grown wheat and rye and Saltspring Island Tomme D'or raw milk cheese.
Byron Fry never imagined he'd end up being a baker, but as it turns out he's at least the third generation in his family to take up the trade!
These days his mobile baker, Fry's Red Wheat Bread, has become famous on Vancouver Island for some very fine loaves! 
Broadcaster Gala Milne takes us for a visit to Byron's hand built, wood fired, bakery oven in Metchosin.


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Lee Gass : Nurturing the Spirit of Creativity

 

Lee Gass is a master sculptor and a scientist, a hummingbird researcher and a teacher. He spends much of the year working in his studio on Quadra Island.

Lee is going to be in Kelowna on June 9th at the Hildebrand Gallery in Kelowna for the opening of a show of his work and to give a talk titled Nurturing the Spirit of Creativity. 

You'll hear a bit of the surprising content of that talk on the show Saturday just after 7 am.

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New Emily Carr "Funny Book"

Emily Carr is arguably one of British Columbia's greatest artistic treasures. Recently an unknown illustrated story of hers, known as a "funny book," landed in the lap of the Royal BC Museum.

It's a charming series of illustrations and text that tell the story of an adventure she had with a friend in London in 1901.

Kathryn Bridge is an Emily Carr expert and curator at The Royal BC Museum who tells the story behind the charming book.

The "Funny Book will be part of an exhibition at the satellite gallery, Royal BC Museum at Wing Sang on East Pender in Vancouver starting next Thursday June 14.

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Owen Laukkanen - The Professionals

Owen Laukkanen graduated from the University of British Columbia's Creative Writing Program with a BFA and then took on his first writing job -- for a poker website.

After doing that for a while he decided it was time to get down to brass tacks and really write.

His first mystery novel is called
"The Professionals" and it's a real page turner.

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Susan Aihoshi - Torn Apart: The Internment Diary of Mary Kobayashi

Susan Aihoshi's first booked is called "Torn Apart: The Internment Diary of Mary Kobayashi." It's the latest in the Scholastic young adult series, "Dear Canada."

It explores the experiences of a young girl living in Vancouver in 1941 and what happens to her and her family after Japan bombs Pearl Harbor.

Susan did extensive research to write this book, including delving into her own family history.

You can hear that conversation after the 8:30 am News on Sunday June 10.

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Gardener Egan Davis

Egan Davis has some tips for planting a garden where it's boggy!  Plus he has some suggestions for hardy plants, brightly coloured plants for other parts of your yard!

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This is Iris setosa, one of the bog lovers!


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Corazon in Cuba!

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Nelson choir Corazon is just back from a remarkable musical journey to Cuba

Corazon is a youth choir directed by singer Alison Girvan.  It's been named one of the town's official cultural ambassadors! The 67 singers range in age from 12-21.  In April 32 of the older members (15-21) took a trip to Cuba to meet other performing groups. to perform and to listen.

Broadcaster and choir manager Bill Metcalfe takes us along for some highlights of the trip.

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June Goldsmith on Edward Elgar

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Edward Elgar was considered the most British of composers - in both his Edwardian demeanor and in the classicly English style of his composition.

June Goldsmith gives us a lively look at the English school of composition - and Edward Elgar's life and contribution to that legacy.
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Cellist Brian Yoon

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Just back from completing a graduate music degree at Rice University in Texas, and snagging the top prize at the Eckhardt-Grammatte Music Competition (Strings) - Cellist Brian Yoon's career is on a high note.

The 25-year-old about to take up the position as principal cellist with the Victoria Symphony later this summer. He came into the studio to talk with Sheryl.
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The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer

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A powerful exhibit of the works of First Nations artist Doug Cranmer is currently on display at Vancouver's Museum of Anthropology.

Jennifer Kramer is the curator of the exhibit, entitled: 'Kesu - the Art and Life of Doug Cranmer'.

Come along on a visit to the Museum of Anthropology as she tours Sheryl through this powerful and story-laden exhibit...

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Edible Flowers and Honey recipes with Chef Bruce!

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Chef Bruce from Bruce's Kitchen on Salt Spring is back in this weekend to talk about recipes using edible flowers and honey! (Click on the 'read more' link for recipes)

Here is some more information about edible flowers.
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