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Interview with Magneta Lane about Burn video

All-female rock trio Magneta Lane was "burning" up the stage at Crock's in Thunder Bay. We heard from lead singer Lexi about their brand new cd WitchRock and their very fiery new video "Burn".
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Author Jane Urquhart shares her sense of place - Northwestern Ontario!

"Nothing happens nowhere". That's a quote from author Jane Urquhart. She was born and spent the first 5 years of her life in Little Long Lac, near Geraldton. Her book "Away" is representing Ontario in this year's Canada Reads:Turf Wars. Urquhart was in Thunder Bay with Richard Wagamese (his book Indian Horse is representing British Columbia)for a special Canada Reads event. It celebrated their mutual connection to northwesern Ontario.
Jane Urquhart told Voyage North host Cathy Alex how those early years in this region continue to shape and influence her writing.

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Charlie Wilkins Examines a Career in Writing

Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Writers! Well-known local author Charlie Wilkins is telling tales of all kinds at this special presentation (Jan 12 & 13, 2013) by the Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop. Specifically, he's talking about his varied and very successful writing career, and what he's learned along the way. He shared some of those stories with CBC Voyage North host Cathy Alex.

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Brandon versus Evergreen

Sinking baskets to raise money, and hope. That's the goal of Brandon versus Evergreen.It's a special event happening this Friday afternoon, October 5th at Minnesota Park in Thunder Bay. It's a fundraiser for the city's flood relief committee. Voyage North host Cathy Alex spoke with organizer Brandon Walker.

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School Garden Tour in Thunder Bay

Reading, writing and raising root vegetables!!That's what children at a number of schools in Thunder Bay are doing. On Saturday Sept 22 2012, thanks to the Healthy Eating Makes The Grade Coalition, you can visit 5 different school gardens in the city, and see what's growing in each of them. Jennifer Lailey is one of the people helping to organize this first-ever school garden tour. She also co-ordinates the garden at Agnew Johnston Elementary in Thunder Bay. Host Cathy Alex met up with her there, and asked her to describe the school's vegetable patch.

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Coney Island Fourth "Maybe Annual" Music Festival

What began as a one-shot music festival is starting to become something of a tradition in the Kenora area. The Coney Island Fourth "Maybe Annual" Music Festival happens Sunday, July 29th, 2012. The full-day of song includes performances by the Cold Hard Facts of Life, Wallace Creasy Gardner & Wallace Psurfadelic Orchestra and Shred Kelly. Proceeds go to support the Lake of the Woods Art Community. Fergie Devins is one of the organizers. He spoke with host Cathy Alex.

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Thunder Bay Blues Festival 2012 Wrap-up

A little bit of rain. One teeny weeny problem at the border. Other than that, this year's Thunder Bay Blues Festival seemed to hit all the right notes.Trevor Hurtig is the Marketing Manager at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. He serves the same role for the blues fest. He spoke with Cathy Alex.

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Celebrating 25 years as a Lutheran Pastor

As a pastor in Thunder Bay, Matthew Diegel helps joyous couples plan their weddings, and grieving families plan funerals. Every Sunday, he delivers his weekly sermon from the pulpit of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Then he jumps into his car, drives across town and preaches to the congregation of Our Saviour. For 25 years, Diegel has been shepherding people through some of the best, worst and most ordinary days of their lives. We'll meet him, as he prepares to celebrate that anniversary.

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Susan Aglukark donates proceeds of single to Collateral Damage Project

Canadian singer Susan Aglukark has decided to Take A Little Less, but give a whole lot more. Aglukark is donating the proceeds from the song to the Collateral Damage Project.
Scott Chisholm of Thunder Bay started the project a couple of years ago, nearly 3 decades after his father died by suicide. Cathy Alex spoke with Aglukark about her decision.

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Building a living, green, roof


It gives new meaning to a rooftop garden. A living roof, covered with green plants, can help you reduce storm water run-off, and make the birds & bees happy too!. We'll hear from Leslie Doyle, a certified live roof installer. For more information, contact EcoSuperior.

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Vision Circle: The Art of Roy Thomas - A Retrospective

Vison Circle: The Art of Roy Thomas - A Retrospective. This special exhibit runs from June 7 to September 9, 2012 at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Cathy Alex talks about it with guest curator Elizabeth McLuhan. Her connection to Roy Thomas goes back over 30 years

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Tour of Thunder Bay's flooded sewage plant

On Thursday June 6, Thunder Bay city officials took members of the media for a tour around the site of the flooded secondary sewage treatment plant on Atlantic Avenue. The CBC's Matt Prokopchuk gives us the details of what he saw, and learned during the trip.

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Coroner's Inquest into First Nations students deaths

On Thurs May 31, 2012 Ontario's chief coroner announced a joint inquest to answer some of the questions surrounding the deaths of seven First Nations students. They had all left their home communities, and died while attending high school in the city. Terry Waboose welcomed the news. He's a deputy grand chief with the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.
Waboose spoke to the CBC about the commonalities among the deaths.

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The Circulation of Fluids

"The Circulation of Fluids" is a sound sculpture created by Montreal based artists Catherine Béchard and Sabin Hudon. The stark white collection of poles and speaker cones are affixed with sensors that trigger sounds whenever the piece is approached. Voyage North's Josh Lynn had a chance to talk to the sculpture's creators and hear it in action.

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