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January 2013 Archives

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Sunday January 27 Podcast

Here is a link to the podcast for NXNW Sunday January 27 including:
Paul Fisher in Lumby
Michelle Levy and Alex Dick on Pride and Prejudice
Erik Rutherford on Ryeberg Live

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The Vashaan Ensemble

Reza and Fathieh Honari grew up in the south of Iran and began their musical studies there. Since coming to Canada they have continued to perform music that from the Balochistan and Khorasan provinces.
They have formed a new musical group with their sons and other very talented players in BC. It's called The Vashaan Ensemble.  The ensemble will be launching their new cd on Saturday  February 2 at the NSCU Performing Arts Centre at Capilano College at 8pm.
Tickets available from Caravan World Music

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Erik Rutherford

We seem to be spending more and more time watching screens, surfing the net and watching websites like youtube.


Erik Rutherford, has started a website where he tries to make sense of the video images we constantly see online. It's ryeberg.com




He also has a live version of this process and you can catch this on the Push festival this weekend in Vancouver.
You can hear that conversation after the 8:00 news on Sun. (Jan 27)

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Jane Austen Anniversary

It was 200 years ago TO THE DAY, in fact, that Jane Austen published her novel, "Pride and Prejudice".     Many of you know the story: Mr. Darcy... Elizabeth Bennet and her family... and some incidents involving money, class and marriage.

After the 7:30 news Sun (Jan 27) you can hear a conversation with two literary scholars -- and Jane Austen fans: Michelle Levy is an associate professor with the Department of English at Simon Fraser University and Alex Dick is an assistant professor with UBC's English department.

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NXNW from the Royal BC Museum (Sat Jan 26)

Thanks to everyone who came out to the museum on Saturday morning for the show and to the staff at the museum a big thank you for being such welcoming hosts!

Here is hour 1, featuring a conversation with Tim Willis from the BC Museum and performances from Ensemble Laude choir.
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Here is hour 2, featuring Roger Robinson on rugby, Jamyang Lodto on ukulele, Paul Allison and therapeutic gardening and singer songwriter Steph MacPherson.
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Here is hour 3, featuring archivist Ann ten Cate, olympian, author and child advocate Silken Laumann and music from Steph MacPherson.
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NXNW Live in Victoria at Royal BC Museum Sat Jan 26

If you're in or around Victoria, come join us from 6:00 - 9:00 am on Saturday January 26 at the Royal BC Museum for a special live broadcast of North by Northwest.

Guests include Olympic Medalist Silken Laumann, Musician Steph Macpherson, Ukulele master Jamyang Lodto, Archivist Ann Ten Cate, Vocal Group "Ensemble Laude," and Garden Designer Paul Allison.

There will be coffee and free Museum toques to the first 100 people.

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Silken Laumann's Shelf Life book list

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Silken Laumann is an Olympian, author, inspirational speaker and child advocate. It was such a pleasure to have her on the show!

Shelf Life features people talking about 5 books:
1. A favourite childhood book
2. A book you'd recommend to your young adult self
3. A life changing book
4. A book you love to lend
5. A guilty pleasure








Here are Silken's books:
1. Biography of Helen Keller 
2.The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz
3.One Hundred Years of Solitude- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
4. Bel Canto- Ann Patchett
5. Saturday edition of Globe and Mail (not-so-guilty pleasure)

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Human Libary : RCMP Officer Tad Milmine

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Tad Milmine dreamed of being a police officer since he was five years old.  But his early years of life were hard, he was bullied and unhappy and felt like a perpetual outsider.  Tad turned his life around when he was a young adult and these days wants to help other young people who are being bullied. 
He travels the country speaking to school groups and you can find out more about that on his website.
He is part of the Human Library project at the Surrey Centre Library January 26.

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Elaine Scott : Master Gardener

Elaine Scott is one of the organizers of Mixing it up in the Urban Garden 2013 Conference.
The event takes place Saturday, January 26th in Sidney, Vancouver Island. 
For  more information and to register check the website.

If  you are interested in upcoming Master Gardener training on Vancouver Island call the Pacific Horticultural Centre 250-479-6162

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Jaymie Matthews

Jaymie Matthews has a fascinating story.  From the age of about 3 he was star watching and soon dreaming of becoming an astrophysicist (even if he didn't know that's what it was called)
These days he's a professor in the department of Physics and Astronomy at UBC as well as being Mission Scientist with the MOST Space Telescope Project and part of the Kepler executive council with NASA (among other posts)
He is one of the Human Books you can "check out" of the Surrey City Centre Library Saturday Jan. 26.  For more information about the event and to register click here.
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Canada Reads Contest

Canada Reads 2013 is coming up fast on CBC Radio.  This year the five books all represent different regions of the country.  Representing BC and the Yukon is Olympic gold medalist Carol Huynh and the novel Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese.

In the novel character Saul Indian Horse experiences a life change and we'd like to hear about those moments in your life. 

So here is the writing contest; we want to know about an epiphany that changed your life course.  What happened and how did you turn your life around?

Tell your story in 300 words or less.  We'll pick five favourites who will all win a set of the five Canada Reads books.  The winning story will be produced for CBC Radio and the web.

The deadline to enter is Sunday Jan 27.  Please send your entries to nxnw(at)cbc.ca

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Richard Wagamese - Indian Horse (Canada Reads)

BC writer Richard Wagamese and his novel "Indian Horse" are among the five books being discussed in this year's Canada Reads.

"Indian Horse" is the story of a man in trouble who finds the only way forward is to go back.

Championing Richard Wagamese's book on Canada Reads is Carol Huynh, one of Canada's best wrestlers.

You can hear Richard Wagamese in conversation Sunday morning (Jan 13) after the 8:30 news.

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Diane Loomer - a celebration of life

CBC music Producer Grant Rowledge attended the Diane Loomer - Celebration of Life at the Chan Centre and speaks with Sheryl MacKay about her legacy and some of the touching moments at the tribute.


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Author Leslie Hall Pinder

The novel "Bring Me One of Everything" centres around the mysterious fate of anthropologist Austin Hart. Hart discovers the largest remaining stand of carved totem poles from the Queen Charlotte Islands in 1957, removes them and gains a wide reputation. Seven years later he kills himself. A young woman, Alix Purcell, wants to know what happened. On Sunday after 7 a.m. we'll hear from author Leslie Hall Pinder.
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Composer of hymns, Ron Klusmeier, gives a final tour

If you are a regular church goer, there is a good chance that you've sung one of Ron Klusmeier's hymns sometime in the last 40 years. Ron has composed more than 500 hymns so far.  He has worked with 2000 churches across Canada and around the U.S.A.
Now Ron Klusmeier has decided it's time to step back from his busy touring schedule and
concentrate on composing and recording his existing work.  So he has embarked on what he calls the Tour of a Lifetime.  He will be performing with local church choirs around BC from January 12-20 and the tour is also a fund raiser for  The Canadian Foodgrains Bank. (you will find the tour schedule on the Foodgrains website)

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Fitness Trends for 2013

If you're looking to try something different to get in shape - perhaps you're wondering whether Cross-Fit or The Daily Method are a good choice for you - tune in on Saturday after 8:30 am. We'll talk to Tracy Gibbons, a fitness expert and personal trainer in South Surrey, about the hottest fitness trends for 2013.
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Vancouver Park Artist Residency: Cloudscape Comics

More than thirty Vancouver artists are taking part in the city's new studio residency project - which gives individuals and groups space to work in the parks' fieldhouses.
We'll be profiling some of the artists in the coming weeks. Saturday we begin with the Cloudscape Comics Society.
Members of the group are working out of the second floor of the fieldhouse at Memorial Park South, near Fraser and 41st. We'll go for a tour on Saturday after 8 a.m. - and we'll hear about their 24 hour Comic Day, starting January 12 at noon.
It's open to the public at the Cloudscape headquarters, 5955 Ross Street inside the Memorial Park South Fieldhouse.
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TJ Dawe's new play "Medicine"

Fringe Festival favourite TJ Dawe has a new solo show called "Medicine."

It runs until February 2 at the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver with a special appearance by Dr. Gabor Maté in talkbacks for some of the shows.

In "Medicine," Dawe shares his experience joining a retreat led by famed addictions physician Dr. Gabor Maté,

On the retreat participants ingest the Amazonian psychotropic plant medicine ayahuasca and confront their demons. Dawe's monologue takes audiences on a funny, and at times dark, introspective journey into the playwright's search for what lies behind his impulses and motivations.

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Dr Mike Evans: Resolutions

Dr Mike Evans is curator of My Favourite Medicine and has just been named one of the
Five Health Heroes of 2012 by CBC.
You can check out his video about making resolutions here.

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Moose on the Loose - Matt Jackson

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Matt Jackson is the editor of a series of books that focus on humorous, and amusing stories by everyday Canadians.

His latest book is called "Moose on the Loose" and it's a collection of travel and outdoor stories he's collected from all over the country.

If you would like to contribute a story for consideration in Matt's BC collection here is
the link.

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The Theory of Everything - VACT

Joyce Lam is the director of Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre and she's dedicated to developing and working with Asian theatre artists and producing Asian theatre right here in BC.

The VACT's latest project is a comedy called The Theory of Everything.
It runs January 9th - 12th at the Roundhouse Performance Centre.

Several of Vancouver's best up and coming theatre artists have been working on the production since September in a Master Class led by veteran director, producer, writer and actor Rick Tae.

You can hear that conversation with Joyce Lam and Rick Tae after the 7:00 am news on Sunday (Jan 6).

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Pascale Hutton - Arctic Air

ARCTIC AIR is a one-hour TV adventure series set in the booming Arctic, about a maverick airline and the unconventional family who runs it.

Season 2 starts this coming Wednesday, January 9th on CBC TV.

One of the stars of the show is Creston's own Pascale Hutton. She plays Krista Ivarson - the strong minded pilot and daughter of the man who owns the airline.

You can hear that conversation Sunday (Jan 6) morning after the 7:30 news.

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Shelf Life - Annabel Lyon

Shelf Life features people talking about 5 books:
1. Favourite childhood book.
2. A book you'd recommend to your young adult self
3. A life changing book
4. A book you love to lend
5. A guilty pleasure





Annabel Lyon's Picks
1. Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
2. Books by living authors eg: Evelyn Lau, Alice Monroe, Linda Svensson, Joy Kogowa
3. The Tin Drum - Gunter Grass
4. The Evolution of Inanimate Objects - Harry Karlinsky
5. Vogue Magazine!

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Celebrating Stanley Park

Adrian Green and Grant Finlayson have been spending a lot of time in Stanley Park over the past year, a lot of time!  They're working on a documentary about the park, looking at it's cultural and natural history.  They hope to release the documentary this year, in time to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Stanley Park.
You can find out more about the project on their website and see some of the film there too!