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August 2013 Archives

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Michael Juk - Weird Instruments


If you've ever visited cbcmusic.ca then you know it's a music website chock-a-block with amazing tunes and fascinating music themed blogs and articles.

Michael Juk showcases one his cbcmusic.ca articles on Saturday after the 7:30 news all about Unusual Musical Instruments.

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Jeff Ellis - Waterlogged

Cloudscape Comics is a collective of indie comic book artists from the Pacific Northwest. They cover a vast ocean of ideas and styles. Their latest anthology is called "Water-logged: Tales from the Seventh Sea."

It's a hardcover volume containing 25 stories that explore different aspects of the sea. Jeffrey Ellis is the founder of Cloudcape.

You can hear Margaret's conversation with him Saturday after the 8:00 am news.

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The rare and spectacular Hang


Less than fifteen years ago, a couple of ambitious metalworkers from Switzerland invented a new percussion instrument, made from a patented variety of refined steel. Its makers and a lot of people who play it say that it's not so much a musical instrument as a meditation device. Sound therapists have attested to its mysterious healing powers, and many of its players say it's a transformative presence in their lives.

But if you want to buy one, be prepared for a long and arduous journey through a world of contracts, interminable waiting lists, and snail mail.

This elusive, mind-altering instrument is called the Hang (pronounced 'Hung'). Have a listen to Matthew Parsons' documentary for the whole story. It features the Hang playing of Dante Bucci, and Vancouver's own Ian Wenig and Greg Valou.

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Dr Stanley Coren : Separation Anxiety

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As summer comes to a close and we all go back to work and school, what happens to our dogs?
Do they miss us? Perhaps they'll suffer a little separation anxiety.

Dr. Stanley Coren sheds a little light on this seasonal issue. Dr. Coren is a professor emeritus of psychology at UBC and the author of a number of best selling books about dog behaviour, including The Intelligence of Dogs

Saturday after the 8:30 news.

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NXNW Podcast Aug 25 2013

Author Bill Gaston on his latest novel, The World; a tour of Genghis Khan: the Exhibition, given by its creator Don Lessem; the Bergmann Duo on the life of a piano duo; and Sam Waddington talks about how to see bio luminescence off BC's shores.

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NXNW Podcast Aug 24 2013

Actor Matthew Clarke, creator of Convos with My 2-year-old; a visit to Boca Del Lupo's new show, Fall Away Home, running this week in Stanley Park; and author Nicholas Read talks about his new book, The Great Bear Sea.

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Bill Gaston - The World

The latest novel from Bill Gaston starts with Stu Price burning his mortgage and then accidentally burning his house down.

Then he discovers he missed a payment on his house insurance. And that's just the beginning of a series of unfortunate events for Stu Price,the main character in Bill Gaston's latest novel,
"The World."

You can hear that conversation on Sunday morning at about 8:40.

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B-flat minor: The Wounded Man

In today's episode of The Signature Series, you met B-flat minor: The Wounded Man. To listen again, find out what music you heard, and meet some B-flat minor people, visit the B-flat minor page of The Signature Series on CBC Music.

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The Bergmann Duo

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For years this piano duo has moved from city to city, country to country. Now they are settled in White Rock. This fall, they will embark on a rare and ambitious tour of BC communities, hauling two grand pianos from Vancouver to Galiano & Pender Islands, Sidney, Kamloops, Revelstoke, Cranbrook, Creston, Nakusp, Grand Forks, Oliver and Penticton.

Hear Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann in conversation on NXNW after the 7 o'clock news.

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Don Lessem - Genghis Khan at the PNE

Genghis Khan: The Exhibition at the PNE displays centuries old artifacts, as well as life-sized recreations and murals of Mongolian life, exploring the ancient leader's influence on warfare and on civilization.

Take a guided audio tour of the exhibition with its creator, Don Lessem, after the 8:00 o'clock news on Sunday.

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Bioluminescence with Sam Waddington

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Bioluminescence is a phenomenon that happens just off our shores here in British Columbia. The best way to take it in is via kayak in calm waters on moonless nights.

Outdoor enthusiast Sam Waddington will be along to tell you what causes bioluminescence, and how you can view this incredible wonder of nature. He's an expert at chasing bioluminescence on his kayak. 

He took this stunning photo of bioluminescence illuminating the surf of the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

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Summer Music Festivals with Derek Bird

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Saturday just after the 7am news, CBC Music producer Derek Bird gives us his music picks for some of next week's upcoming festivals. Listen in for a chance to win free tickets.

Kelowna Parks Alive: Grapes of Wrath on Wed Aug 28 in Kelowna.

Sunshine Music Festival - Powell River
Aug 31 & Sep 1. Held at Palm Beach Regional Park about 20k south of Powell River.

Vancouver Island Blues Bash - presented by the Victoria Jazz Society. Runs Aug 31 - Mon Sept 2.


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Matthew Clarke - Convos with my Two Year Old

Toddlers can say the darnedest things.

But what would those things sound like if they were uttered by a full-grown man instead of a toddler?

That thought inspired actor, musician and father Matthew Clarke to create a series of short videos called Convos with my 2-year-old.

It's a charming and hilarious little series that has gone viral on YouTube.

You can hear that conversation after the 8:30 news Saturday.

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Jay Dodge - Fall Away Home

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This weekend, Stanley Park is celebrating its 125th anniversary. As part of the anniversary celebrations, the theatre company Boca del Lupo is unveiling a brand new outdoor show.

Boca del Lupo is renowned in Vancouver for their spectacular outdoor plays, many of which have been set on the trails and amongst the trees of Stanley Park.

Their new show is called Fall Away Home and opens tonight at 8 pm in the Service Yard at Stanley Park, across Pipeline Road from the Stanley Park Pavilion.

You can hear the conversation with co-director Jay Dodge about this show after the 8 o'clock news Saturday. Read more »

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Nicholas Read - The Great Bear Sea

Nicholas Read is an author and journalist - and a city boy - who's had a lifelong passion for animals and the wilderness. Ian McAllister is an award-winning wildlife photographer and conservationist.

Together, they've created a series of books about the Great Bear Rainforest.

The latest volume is called "The Great Bear Sea" and you can hear the conversation with Nicholas Read on Saturday at about 7:40.

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NXNW Podcast Aug 18 2013

Cellist and composer Cris Derksen; archival tape of Seafaring Pastor Rev Canon Greene from the early 1900s on Quadra Island; and Jeff Davies on unexpected barriers on BC back country roads.


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Cellist Cris Derksen

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Cellist Cris Derksen is off to the Aboriginal People's Choice Awards where she is up for Best Instrumental CD for her latest solo project, The Collapse. Before that she stopped by the NXNW studio for a conversation with Paolo Pietropaolo. Hear that conversation and some great genre-defying electronic cello music right after the 8:30am news.

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F-sharp major: The Mystic

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In today's episode of The Signature Series, you met F-sharp major: The Mystic. To listen again, find out what music you heard, and meet some F-sharp major people, visit the F-sharp major page of The Signature Series on CBC Music.

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Backcountry Barriers With Jeff Davies

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If you go down to the woods today in some parts of B.C., you may be in for a
big surprise. How about a locked gate and a sign telling you that old fishing hole
of yours is now off-limits? Or a sign that says the trail you planned to hike or bike is closed by washouts? All this has left some backcountry travelers spinning their wheels in
frustration. On this week's outdoor life column, retired CBC reporter Jeff Davies brings you the story of backcountry barriers. Sunday after the 7am news.

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NXNW Podcast Aug 17, 2013

Photographer Dina Goldstein on her project "Fallen Princesses"; a behind-the-scenes tour of chocolate bar - and social enterprise - East Van Roasters; and a look at WWOOFing. 
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East Van Roasters

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Partly motivated by a taste for good chocolate, Paolo walks over to East Van Roasters in Vancouver's Gastown, operated by Managing Director Shelley Bolton (pictured on the right) and chocolatier Merri Schwartz (on the left). They create 'bean-to-bar' chocolate and coffee, roasting and preparing their own ethically-sourced cacao and coffee beans on site. They're also a non-profit initiative giving training and employment to woman in the Downtown Eastside. Visit EVR with Paolo on Saturday just after the 7:30am news.

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Summer Music Festivals with Derek Bird

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Saturday just after the 7am news, CBC Music producer Derek Bird gives us his music picks for some of the week's upcoming festivals:

Nimble Fingers Bluegrass Festival in Sorrento
Nanaimo Blues Festival
South Cariboo Garlic Festival in Lac La Hache, BC, Canada.
Music On The Mountain in Fort St. James

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Photographer Dina Goldstein

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Fallen Princesses is a conceptual photo series from Vancouver photographer and artist Dina Goldstein. The series features familiar fairy tale princesses, many of whose stories have been retold by Disney over the years - but with a twist: Dina gives these princesses unhappy endings. She was inspired by her young daughter's "princess phase" and a desire to show that you can become a great woman without waiting for Prince Charming to sweep you off your feet. Hear Paolo's conversation with Dina Goldstein Saturday just after the 8:30am news.

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NXNW Podcast Aug 11, 2013

Playwright Nicola Harwood, night hike specialist Frank Ritcey, Dr. Carol Mayer of the Museum of Anthropology and a visit to see a unique golden piano.
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NXNW Podcast Aug 10, 2013

Master Gardener Sharon Hanna, singer-songwriter Greg Drummond and retail analyst Doug Stephens.
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Update on Sheryl MacKay

North by Northwest host Sheryl MacKay will be taking some additional time away from the show this summer. When we know the date of her return we will post it here and announce it on the program.

In the meantime Margaret Gallagher will be sharing host duties with Paolo Pietropaolo over the summer months. 

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Gold Leaf Fazioli Piano

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The world's only gold leaf Fazioli piano is on display at the Aberdeen Centre mall in Richmond. It was hand-made in Italy and flown first-class to Vancouver. It's completely covered in 24-karat gold! The piano will be on display at the Showcase Pianos store at Aberdeen this month and Paolo Pietropaolo went to check it out and meet with pianist Evgenia Rabinovich. Hear what a gold leaf piano sounds like Sunday just after the 7:30am news.

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Salmon Row

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The play Salmon Row brings to life the many people who gathered at the mouth of Fraser to fish for salmon and work in the canneries.Salmon brought people from all over the world hoping to cash in on the valuable, and at the time, plentiful resource. Many of those people lived and worked among the first nations people whose life deepened on river. The play takes place at several locations in around the Britania Shipyards Historic Site in Steveston.Nicola Harwood is the playwright behind Salmon Row and Paolo Pietropaolo had a chance to talk to her about the play and Steveston's rich history. Hear the interview Sunday just after the 8:30am news.

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Night Hiking With Frank Ritcey

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You've hiked every trail in the neighbourhood. You're familiar with every twist and turn in the trail and you'd like to explore new ground but the closest bit of new terrain is a two hour drive away. Outdoor adventurist Frank Ritcey, has a unique solution to the problem. Forgo your mundane daytime birding excursions, pull out your headlamp, and embrace the darkside of nature. Hear Frank talk night hiking with Paolo Pietropaolo Sunday just after the 7am news.

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Paradise Lost?

Here on the west coast, we like to think that we're pretty well acquainted with the Pacific Ocean. But a new exhibit at the University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology shows that there's more to that big blue thing than meets the eye. It's called 'Paradise Lost?' and it features artworks by 13 artists from New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands. The curator, Dr. Carol Mayer, took Matthew Parsons on a guided tour through the exhibition.

You can listen in on that tour at on Sunday morning between 8:00 and 8:30am.

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Greg Drummond

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Paolo Pietropaolo chats with Port Moody singer-songwriter Greg Drummond, who quit his day job and took a leap of faith into a musical career. And hear some music from his debut album, Walking Man, that was released in late 2011. Greg's on the show Saturday morning after the 8:30am news.

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Master Gardener Sharron Hanna

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As giant zucchinis bust out across the province we think it's wise to reach out to Master Gardener Sharron Hanna for some tips on growing and maintaining your food garden. She's the author of The Book of Kale and will have, of course, some great kale growing tips. She will also  talk about blueberries, and zucchinis. And for her zucchini recipes click "read more". Read more »

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NXNW Podcast Aug 4, 2013

Karin Jones on her Victorian-inspired hair-based jeweller, Margy Lutz and her floating garden, and bootcamp on a paddleboard


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Artist Karin Jones

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You can tell a lot about a person from his or her hair. Or can you? Karin Jones is an artist and jeweler. Karin's latest work explores our complicated relationship with hair. She draws on Victorian-era techniques and her modern aesthetic to ask some provocative questions.
Her jewellery and related photographs will be on display at the Pendulum Gallery as part of the Circle Craft 40th Anniversary show. That exhibit starts on Tuesday. Hear Karen in conversation with Margaret Gallagher Sunday just after the 8:30am news.

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Michael Juk and What's New and Great at CBC Music

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CBC Music producer, Michael Juk drops by on Sunday with some tracks from artists who have been getting coverage on CBCMusic.ca recently. You can expect to hear music by the young UK based singer-songwriter Passenger, Vancouver's own rising pop star Wanting Qu, and the bold talent of Montreal-raised, Brooklyn- based recording artist, Martha Wainwright.Hear it all Sunday just after the 8am news.

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What 'SUP?

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If you have been spent any time at the beach recently, you have likely noticed the abundance of stand up paddle boarders. These are the folks standing on extra large surfboards  paddling their way down the coast. Stand Up Paddle-Boarding, or "SUP-ing", is becoming hugely popular. And the newest trend is Boot Camp SUP-ing. Willa-Lee Reid is one of Vancouver's many outdoor life enthusiasts. We asked gave bootcamp SUP-ing a try. She shares her story Sunday just after the 7:30am news.

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Float Garden

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BC is the home to many unique gardens and gardeners, but this is very special garden. Margy and Wayne Lutz have an "off grid" floating garden attached to their float cabin on Powell Lake in Powell River. NXNW associate producer, Willow Yamauchi took a boat ride up Powell Lake To see the garden for herself. Margy Lutz chronicles her life with her husband up Powell Lake on her blog here. Hear the story Sunday after the 7am news.

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NXNW Podcast Aug 3, 2013

Chef Robert Belcham shops his local farmers' market, composer Leslie Uyeda on her groundbreaking new opera "When the Sun Comes Out," Norah Ashmore on her musical play about the Bralorne's past at the Bridge River Valley Summer Festival.

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To Market with Chef Robert Belcham

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How do you make the most of the BC bounty at the local farmers' markets? Chef Robert Belcham helped us navigate the fragrant stalls at the weekday Vancouver Farmers Market. He shops that market every week for his nearby restaurant Campagnolo. They also sell pasta by donation at the market, with all proceeds going to Thunderbird Elementary School food program.



For his recipe for Tomato and Cucumber Salad click "read more"

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Summer Music Festivals with Derek Bird

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Saturday just after the 7am news, CBC Music producer Derek Bird gives us his music picks for some of the week's upcoming festivals. On his list, music from:

Wapiti Music Festival in Fernie
Squamish Music Fest
Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival 

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Bringing Bralorne's Booming Past To Life

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Bralorne is almost a ghost town now, but in the 1930s was a booming mining town. Norah Ashmore who lives in the area has created a play based on the stories and music of the people who settled there. The play is called Over My Mountain and it's part of this weekend's Bridge River Valley Summer Festival. Hear Margaret Gallagher's interview with Norah Saturday just after the 7:30am news.

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Composer Leslie Uyeda

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Margaret Gallagher interviews Vancouver composer Leslie Uyeda. Leslie composed the music for "When the Sun Comes Out", Canada's first lesbian opera, commissioned by Vancouver's Queer Arts Festival and co-presented by The Powell Street Festival. Heard Saturday just after the 8:30am news.