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NXNW Podcast July 28, 2013

Bookworm Jori Phillips on her "novel" dress made from an old book, illustrator Kim LaFave on his picture book deemed fit for a little prince, Matthew Parsons takes us to the VSO's first-ever summer jazz camp, and travel writer Kim Gray's Great Canadian Travel Bucket List, Part 3.

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VSO School of Music Summer Jazz Workshop

Back in the days of Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and John Coltrane, jazz musicians learned their craft by playing in small groups led by the best musicians around. Nowadays, if you want to learn to play jazz, you go to college and study it there: the same way it works in the classical world.

But, a new summer jazz camp in Vancouver offers the best of both worlds. Jody Proznick - the Juno nominated bassist - runs the show at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music Summer Jazz Workshop. Her program offers the opportunity for students to learn jazz in small combos, under the instruction of renowned artists such as Bill Coon, Brad Turner and Steve Maddock.

Hear more about the program, along with some of the students swingin' sounds, at 7:40 on Sunday morning.

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NXNW Podcast Saturday, July 27

Visual artist Anna Gustafson on her installation White: transforming vision, singer Jaclyn Guillou in paying tribute to Dinah Washinton, Nelson's Bill Metcalfe goes behind the scenes at a student production of Sweeney Todd.

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Kim LaFave: Pictures Fit for a Prince

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When he did the illustrations for the children's book Amos's Sweater, Kim LaFave had no idea that one day, his work would end up in a palace. The book (written by Janet Lunn) is one of several award-winning Canadian children's book being sent to young Prince George from the Canadian government. We spoke to Kim from his home in Roberts Creek.

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Jori Phillips and her "novel" fashion sense

Bookworm and actor Jori Phillips had a novel idea.
Take an old thesaurus and and turn it into a dress.
And not just any dress.
The strapless frock is an intricate thing of beauty, with layers of ruffles and folds.
And it's an internet sensation.
Since posting her creation online a few days ago, Jori has enjoyed thousands of hits to her site, and international media attention.
She joins guest host Margaret Gallagher live in the studio.
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Great Canadian Travel Bucket List #3

Toque & Canoe editor Kim Gray took us to Banff to sleep in an oTENTik in the third installment of her Great Canadian Travel Bucket List. Click here for a list of Otentik experiences available in BC.
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Summer Music Festivals with Derek Bird

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CBC Music producer Derek Bird gave us his music picks for some of the week's upcoming festivals. On his list, music from:

The Victoria Symphony Splash, Aug 4
The first-ever Invermere MusicFest, Aug 4
The 10th annual ArtsWells Festival in Wells/Barkerville, BC, Aug 2 - 5
The Filberg Festival in Comox, Aug 2 - 5

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Jaclyn Guillou

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Singer Jaclyn Guillou pays tribute to the Queen of the Blues, Dinah Washinton in a special concert presentation. Margaret Gallagher talks to Jaclyn about what it's like to channel a legend, and hear some highlights from the concert. Hear that Saturday morning after the 8:30am news.

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Slow Food Cycle Tour

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Margaret Gallagher calls out to the Fraser Valley Slow Food Cycling tour where cyclists and foodies take a self guided tour to some of the extraordinary farms and foodmakers in the area.

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Anna Gustafson's "White: transforming vision"

What if Andy Warhol was blind? That's one of the questions Anna Gustafsen asks in her new intallation, called White--transforming vision. The visual artist explores what it's like to move the world without sight...and challenges her own assumptions.
Anna has filled the Showcase Gallery on Salt Spring Island with familar objects, altered. We spoke with her at her home on Salt Spring Island, where she and her husband run the Blue Horse Folk Art Gallery.
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Circle Craft Summer Craft Market

If you stop by Vancouver's waterfront this weekend, just by the Vancouver Convention Centre, you'll see a couple of rows of white tents. And in those tents, you'll find all manners of handmade trinkets and treasures. This colourful summer market celebrates the 40th anniversary of Circle Craft: a collection of woodworkers, glass blowers, jewellers, fibre artists and other crafty types who sell their wares at shows like this. 

Hear more about the market from its manager, Paul Yard, this Saturday at 7:40 am. The market is open from 9 am to 9 pm on Saturday, and 9 am to 5 pm on Sunday.

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World Renowned Bassist Gary Karr

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Victoria based Gary Karr is a world leading solo bassist. He is also leads KarrKamp which brings double bass performers from around the world to the University of Victoria for intensive instruction. The culmination of the course is Basses Loaded: a concert on July 23 at the Philip T Young Recital Hall at the University of Victoria. Margaret Gallagher interviews Gary Sunday just after the 8:30 news.

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The Paper Hound

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Rodney Clark and Kim Koch are the proprietors of The Paper Hound. Located on Pender Street in Vancouver, it's one of BC's newest bookstores and a a treasure trove of previously loved books. Margaret Gallagher stopped in for a visit and you hear all about it Sunday after the 7:30 news.

You'll find more photographs of The Paper Hound at cbc.ca.

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Adventure Filmmaker Frank Wolf

We all love the comforts of our modern, urban lives. It's nice to go to sleep at night in a bed with a soft mattress, and wake up to a well-stocked refrigerator and an electric stove to fry up your bacon and eggs.

But that kind of life makes filmmaker Frank Wolf restless, and spurs him on to grand, intrepid adventures in the Canadian wilderness.

This summer, Frank and his crew are rowing their way through the polar waters of the Northwest Passage: a 3,000 km voyage.

We checked in with Frank by radio phone from near Cape Dalhousie.

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NXNW Podcast Sunday July 21, 2013

A visit to the Paper Hound Bookstore, adventure filmmaker Frank Wolf calls in from the Northwest Passage, world-renowned bassist Gary Karr, and Rob Budd brings us another edition of Voices of British Columbia.


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Voices of BC - Chief Francis Edwards

Voices of BC is a semi-regular feature on North by Northwest. 

Author Rob Budd brings us accounts of early history of British Columbia from his book called 'Voices of British Columbia'. Rob based his book on the pioneering work of journalist Imbert Orchard, who travelled around the province from 1959 to 1966, recording audio interviews with hundreds of BC residents. 

In this edition, Chief Francis Edwards of the Pavilion Indian band tells the story of an ill-fated cattle drive and talks about the origins of one of BC's oldest ranches.

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NXNW Podcast July 20, 2013

Kinnie Starr on her new album, Kiss It; author, actor and swordmen C.C. Humphreys on his new book "Shakespeare's Rebel"; Matthew Parsons follows in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra on the Forbidden Vancouver walking tour.

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The History of Granville Street with Will Woods

In the 30s and 40s, Vancouver was the first stop on an entertainment superhighway down the west coast of the continent - and all the action was on Granville Street. Fred Astaire, Charlie Chaplin, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra are just a few of the giants who performed there, only blocks away from where Future Shop, London Drugs and Tim Hortons stand today.
 
Forbidden Vancouver's Will Woods has a new walking tour that highlights the relics of that by-gone time. Matthew Parsons checked out the tour last week. You can hear him chat with guest host Margaret Gallagher about it this Saturday around 7:45.

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Kinnie Starr

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Juno-winning musician and producer Kinnie Starr is set to release her latest CD, Kiss It, in mid-January, following an intensive Indiegogo fundraising campaign to independently fund it. She is in Vancouver to play the Vancouver Folk Festival and stopped by the NXNW Studio to talk to Margaret Gallagher. Hear that conversation Saturday after the 8:30am news.

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C.C. Humphreys Author of Shakespeare's Rebel

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'Shakespeare's Rebel' is the latest book from actor, swordsman, and historical novelist C.C. Humphreys. The Salt Spring Island-based author has written eight historical novels. His latest evokes the Bard's England, during the time he wrote Hamlet. He's launching the book at Bard on the Beach, complete with readings and sword fights. Margaret interviews Chris Humphreys Saturday after the 8 am news.

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NXNW Podcast Sunday July 14, 2013

Kathryn Calder on A Matter of Time, her documentary about her family's struggle with ALS, artist Chris Woods channels Darth Vader in his new painting show Sandstorm, Gurp Sian invites you to his Bollywood Wedding

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NXNW Podcast Saturday July 13, 2013

BBQ champ Rockin' Ronnie Shewchuk, Bif Naked's "Shelf Life," "Narcopolis" author Jeet Thayil on cultural hybridity.

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Summer Festivals-with Derek Bird

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Summer is festival season in BC. CBC Music Producer Derek Bird joins guest host, Margaret Gallagher to give us a preview of some of the fantastic music you might be lucky enough to catch this upcoming week.
Derek's picks this week include:
Armstrong Metal Fest, July 19 and 20
Starbelly Jam, July 18-21
Islands Folk Fest, July 19-21.

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Artist Chris Woods and "Sandstorm"

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What if we saw the events of Star Wars through the eyes of its infamous villain, Darth Vader? Maybe he was just misunderstood after all. A new exhibit of paintings called SANDSTORM by Artist Chris Woods examines the story of Star Wars through Darth Vader's point of view. SANDSTORM has just opened. at The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford.

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Kathryn Calder and, "A Matter of Time"

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Caring for a loved one who's suffering from a fatal disease is hard enough-but imagine doing that and recording an album at the same time.  Kathryn Calder of The New Pornographers did just this, caring for her mother who was suffered from ALS while also laying down musical tracks. That mission is the subject of a new documentary in the works called "A Matter of Time." She meets with guest host, Margaret Gallagher to talk about her mother, music and living with ALS.
Pictured above is Kathryn, and her mother.

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Bollywood Wedding

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If you have ever been lucky enough to attend an Indian wedding, you will know that they are usually colourful and extravagant with fabulous clothing, great food, and lots of drama.If you haven't had the opportunity to attend one, the upcoming interactive theatre event, Bollywood Wedding may be your only opportunity! Join Bollywood columnist. Gurpret Sian and guest host, Margaret Gallagher to hear all about it after the 7:30 news, Sunday

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Shelf Life with Bif Naked

The new CBC Television documentary 'More than Skin Deep' tells the success story of singer/songwriter Bif Naked, who beat the odds to become a Juno-winning, top-selling Canadian musician.

But when Bif stopped by the studio for a chat with guest host Margaret Gallagher, they took a different approach to exploring Bif's life.

Bif Naked is the latest participant in our regular feature, 'Shelf Life.' She talked to Margaret about the books that made her who she is. You can hear that conversation this Saturday at 8:45 am. You can see 'More than Skin Deep' on CBC Television at 9 pm on Saturday. 

Here are Bif's choices: 

Favourite childhood book: The Merck Manual 
Book she'd give to her young adult self: "The Whole Bloody Bird" by Irving Layton 
Book she likes to lend: "The Verbally Abusive Relationship" by Patricia Evans 
Book that changed her Life: "Survival In Auschwitz" by Primo Levi 
Guilty pleasure: anything by Anais Nin

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Indian Summer Festival-with Jeet Thayil

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For the last 11 days, Vancouver has experienced the excitement and cultural explosion of the Indian Summer Festival, bringing the best of India to the streets of BC. Tonight the festival comes to a close with a conversation between two of India's most creative minds, Director Deepa Metha and Award winning Poet, novelist, and musician Jeet Thayil called "I DON'T WANT TO CHOOSE." Jeet joins guest host, Margaret Gallagher after the 7:30 news, Saturday.

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Master Gardener, Ginny Dournouvo

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As we reach the middle of July, it's time to think about bringing out that riot of colour in your garden. Master Gardener, Ginny Dournouvo hails from Westbank, BC. She joins guest host, Margaret Gallagher after the 8:00 news to explain ways to bring out the best colour in your summer garden-as well as ways to attract friendly insects and birds. You can learn more about the volunteer Master Gardeners of BC here.

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National BBQ Day with Rockin' Ronnie Shewchuk

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Saturday is the fourth National BBQ Day in Canada, a celebration of backyard and locally sourced food. To celebrate, the award-winning Rockin' Ronnie Shewchuk--self-proclaimed "barbecue evangelist"--joined guest host, Margaret Gallagher with a delicious planked salmon.

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The Big Screen with Edward Phillips - Cleopatra

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It's summer - that time of year when the big-budget blockbusters are out. Some make a fortune. Others are spectacular failures. Our guy at the movies, Ted Phillips, comes in to tell us the fascinating back story behind one of the greatest box-office busts of all time - 'Cleopatra' - starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison - and a cast of thousands!


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Podcast for Sunday July 7, 2013

Harrison Festival on the Arts organizers Ed and Phyllis Stensen, Ed Phillips zooms in on the summer movie epic Cleopatra, and dog expert Dr. Stanley Coren on taking your four-legged friends on vacation.

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Podcast for Saturday July 6, 2013

Filmmaker Jacy Schindel on Wilds to Riches, his documentary about the Cariboo Gold Rush past and present; Wobble Tops choreographer and creator Sandra Botnen; beer columnist Matthew McFarlane on wheat beer.

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Dogs on Holiday with NXNW Dog Expert Stanley Coren

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If you're planning to pack your pooch into the family car for a vacation this summer - there's a lot of things to think about to make sure everyone in the family - including Fido - has a safe, happy, healthy trip. 

NXNW dog expert Stanley Coren comes in to give some howling good advice.

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End of an Era at Harrison Festival of the Arts

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The 35th Harrison Annual Festival of the Arts runs July 6 - 14.There's music on the beach, theatre and arts all for the enjoying. After 30 years of working to make the festival a success, festival organizers Ed and Phyllis Stenson are handing over the torch. Join them as they talk to guest host, Margaret Gallagher about the festival and the end of an era, after the 7:00 news, Sunday.

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Nardwuar's Turning 45

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Canada's one-of-a-kind guerilla interviewer, Nardwuar the Human Serviette turns 45 on July 5. It's a groovy milestone for an admitted vinyl freak like Nardwuar, but it's also a good time to take stock of some of his many, many interviews with the likes of Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Drake, Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg, Courtney Love, Questlove and Kurt Cobain.CBC Music producer, Michael Juk chats with guest host Margaret Gallagher about his CBC Music Story on Nardwuar, the man and the stories.

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BC Music Festivals

CBC Music Producer Derek Bird highlights a few music festivals coming up in BC this summer.

Atlin Arts and Music Festival July 12 - 14

Victoria's Rock the Shores July 13 - 14

Vancouver Island MusicFest July 12 - 14

Victoria Ska Festival July 9 - 13

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Wobble Tops!

Wobble-Tops.jpgThey're dancers - and they spin and whirl 15 feet off the ground.They're supported by flexible poles anchored to the ground. They're the Wobble Tops - and these daredevil dancer/acrobats are at the Dancing on the Edge Festival.

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Wheat Beer

After you've come back from the beach, or after an afternoon of gardening you'll want a nice refreshing beer to top off the day. The NXNW beer columnist Matthew McFarlane has some suggestions for guest host, Margaret Gallagher, that would make the perfect hot afternoon (or evening) drink. The beers Matthew lists are: R & B - Sun God Wheat Ale, Howe Sound Imperial HefeweizenDriftwood - White Bark WitbierLighthouse - 3 Weeds Belgian Style Wit and Unibroue - Blanche de Chambly. Matthew also suggests you go check out the recent book by Joe Wiebe called Craft Beer Revolution-a guide to BC craft breweries. Listen to their conversation after the 8:00 news.

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Wilds to Riches

gold.jpgBringing gold fever to life, Wilds to Riches follows today's gold miners as they dig up the famous stories from BC's gold rush past in a quest to find a lost fortune.  Wilds to Riches is a documentary following the characters who take great risks searching for gold in B.C.'s Cariboo country - in the 1860s through today.  They may strike it rich--or, like most gold miners, or lose everything feeding their fever.  Join guest host, Margaret Gallagher as she speaks with director-producer Jacy Schindel after the 8:30 news, Saturday. Wilds to Riches premiers tonight on the series Absolutely Vancouver, at 9 pm on CBC Television in British Columbia.