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February 2011 Archives

February 26-27 Coming Up on Weekend AM

A Sing OFF between Great Big Sea’s Sean McCann and opera star Ben Heppner! Ok, not exactly a sing off…but Angela Antle will interview both of them. “Eli and the Death Curse” is a new play coming up at the Hall, photographer Scott Conarroe features a foggy picture of Port Aux Basques in his new exhibit at Toronto’s Stephen Bulger Gallery, Patrick Canning will be in to tell us about the new artist showcase called Raw Refrains and we’ll her about the CBC Short Film Face-Off. On Liner Notes, we’ve got singer songwriter Tanya Alexander from Stephenville and you’ll have to tune to find out why you should haul out your mummer costume this weekend.

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February 19-20 E-Book Panel

Our literary scene is the ENVY of the country…the hottest authors are from the rock as was evidenced by Kathleen Winter’s boatload of nominations for last year’s hit novel ‘Annabel.” There’s Crummey, Moore, McKay, the other Winter, and Grant…the list goes on and on….AND there’s our thriving local non-fiction and historical scene…look at the size of the local titles section at Chapters the next time you visit. This week The Canadian Publishers Association met in Toronto to chat about their challenges and one of the main topics was e-readers and the digitization of books. It got me wondering…How many NL titles are available for e -readers?…it turns out not that many…AND Annabel the multi nominated Kathleen Winter novel …is NOT available to holders of the Kobo, Kindle or Sony E-Reader.

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February 19-20 Rita Chiarelli

Rita Chiarelli was here in St. John’s last October for the Women’s Film Festival for the screening of her documentary called “Music From the Big House.” and now she’s back again to play one night only at the LSPU hall…I called her up to find out what keeps bringing her back and the answer…I have to warn you …is a little…fishy.

I asked her how she met filmmaker Gerry Rogers who is organizing this concert.

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February 19-20 Keri From Kilbride

Keri Roden kemp has become a star…in our little solar system and amongs the Ellen show’s huge fanbase. Keri appeared on the show a couple of weeks ago with a truly wild big hair picture. Her appearance became an internet sensation. Not just because of her unruly mane…but because of her unruly nature…she was like the energeizer bunny.. on speed. She whipped the Ellen audience and Ellen herself into a frenzy whith her woo hoos and pogo stick jumping around the stage.

She left such an impression, Ellen had her back and told her she was sending her to the Grammy Awards last week to interview the stars on the red carpet…I thought Keri was going to have a stroke when Ellen told her…..and what fun Keri had…I felt like I was on the red carpet…a normal nerd (who once had big hair) from Grand Falls getting hugged by Lenny Kravtiz…LENNY KRAVITZ!!!!…I tracked down Keri this week at home…where she is hiding out from all the new attention.

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February 19-20 Ruth Lawerence

Ruth Lawrence is a well known writer, actor and volunteer in our galoot of a culture. She has appeared in feature films such as Random Passage, written plays for Rising Tide’s festival in Trinity, she runs a playwriting competition, works for the Nickel Film Festival, and and that’s the work she gets paid for…this new Year’s when the rest of us were making resolutions to eat and drink less and excercise more…Ruth made a bold statement …she was going to track every hour of unpaid volunteer work she does in the name of Nfld culture….and she just flew in from Labrador to tell us about the artist investment log.

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February 19-20 "Coming Up On Weekend AM"

This weekend on WAM, actor, writer and active arts volunteer Ruth Lawrence has started to tally up the unpaid hours of volunteer work she does to keep the Galoot of a Culture functioning…we’ll ask her what drove her to it! Composer Clark Ross comes in to chat up his JUNO nom…the first in the history of the MUN School of Music, Angela Antle tracks down big haired Keri from Kilbride and asks her what it was REALLY like to be on the Grammy’s red carpet and get a hug from Lenny Kravitz, and Justin Beiber and Ray Lamontagne….and… Rita Chiarelli will be on the show chatting up her concert in St. John’s and singer songwriter Peter Elkas is coming back…PLUS on Liner Notes “What a Time” Ryan’s Fancy looks back on 40 years of music making.

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February 12-13 Oil and Water Premiere

The story of Lanier Phillips’ 1942 rescue from the sinking USS Truxton was told with incredible skill and soaring gospel music Wednesday night at the LSPU Hall at the premiere of Artistic Fraud’s Oil and Water.

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February 12-13 Chad Pelley Michelle Butler Hallett

If Kindle, Kobo and Ipad sales are any indication — the publishing industry is undergoing a sea change. Publishing houses are already starting to fall in Canada - last week HB Fenn - Canada’s largest book distributor just announced it was closing its doors.

Writers are trying to stay one step ahead of the changes. their survival depends on it. Writer and blogger Chad Pelley posted something interesting about Michelle Butler Hallett’s approach to all these changes….I invited them both in to talk through blogging, writing and how to get paid.

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February 12-13 Amelia Curran

Coming up…Amelia Curran home for a concert in St. John’s tonight at Gower Street United Church. It’s not often we get the hometown hero all to ourselves for a full concert…or a full interview. I invited Amelai into the WAM studio to find out what’s happening with her career and to try to uncover the secrets of what she’s scribbling in her everpresent songwriting notebook…

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February 12-13 Coming up on the Weekend Arts Magazine

This week on the Weekend Arts Magazine

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February 5-6 Mercy The Sexton

On today’s Liner Notes we feature a local band that describes itself as the Cars meeting Phoenix in a booze-can on a barren rock in the North Atlantic that has its own time zone.

Mercy the Sexton made their first appearance on the local music scene back in 2008 with their debut CD,”Another Month” which took the Alantis Music Award.

This time around the band has added new members and collaberated with a few big name song writers.

Liner Notes hooked up with Luke Major in Toronto and his brother Duncan here in St. John’s to talk about thier sophomore CD,” Say It Back”.

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February 5-6 Oil and Water Artistic Fraud

The story of Lanier Phillips has inspired the likes of Bill Cosby and many others. Phillips was a black mess attendent on the USS Truxton when it sank off the Burin Peninsula in 1941.

Lanier was rescued and cared for by the people of St. Lawrence…he said it was the first time he had ever received kindness from a white person. That experience had a profound effect on him…inspiring him to further his education. Lanier Phillips eventually became the US navy’s first black sonar technician. He has also brought his family back to St. Lawrence and helped construct a playground there. He speaks all over the US about the kindness of Newfoundlanders and how it changed his life. Artisitc Fraud Theatre Compnay is bringing his story to life on the stage at the LSPU Hall where I met up with playwright Robert Chafe and director Jillian Keiley during a rehearsal.

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February 5-6 St. John's Book Club

The last book club in our battle of the book clubs…this St. John’s group got together to defend the graphic novel ESSEX County…these are all comic book lovers…and they’re thrilled that a graphic novel has FINALLY been included in Canada Reads but is THIS the graphic novel that will finally bring a wider audience to the genre…on that they couldn’t agree.

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February 5-6 The Book Clubbers of the 53rd parallel

The Book Clubbers of the 53rd parallel read Carol Shields’ Unless a story about three daughters. These women braved wind chills of -50 to get together and talk books….Mike Power brings us their meeting. Book Club members are; Jennifer Mercer, Vicky Drover, Lynn Foster, Alicia Webber, Fay Pittman, Cheryl Morris, Marie Daigle, Brenda Testoo, Ree Warren.

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February 5-6 Grand Falls-Windsor Book Club

Defending the novel “The Birth House” by Ami McKay is a book club, or as they like to refer to themselves, THE book club from Grand Falls-Windsor. They’ve named their book club after some of the things that are dearest to them - Women, Wine and Words - not necessarily in that order. Reporter Caroline Hillier stopped by their latest meeting to share some wine and words with them.

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February 5-6 Writer's Union

It seems like the literary world is changing daily. Newspapers and magazines are struggling to find an online model that makes money, while websites like the Huffington Post hire writers and pay them for the number of page views their articles get. This Christmas saw an explosion in sales of kindles and kobos….how will the e-book affect fiction writers and publishers? Those are just some fo the topics covered in an upcoming workshop hosted by the Writers Union of Canada. Kelly Duffin is the union’s executive director. the workshop is called SECURE FOOTING IN A CHANGING LITERARY LANDSCAPE.

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February 5-6 Novel Knitters Book Club

You think your book club is fab…how about a knitting book club…they don’t just share laughs, food and drink…oh yeah and books…they also knit while they’re talking about the books…these girls are multi taskers! Our third of 5 book clubs in the Battle…here’s the novel knitters of St. John’s…a group that was surprised to enjoy the parliamentary humour in Terry Fallis’ Stephen Leacock Award winning novel The Best Laid Plans.

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February 5-6 Corner Brook Book Club

The Canada Reads challenge made it’s way to Corner Brook recently. It was hosted by book club Reading Between the Wines. The group of mothers are used to competition - usually on the sidelines cheering their kids. But the now near-empty nesters took on the debut novel by Angie Abdou - The Bone Cage. And reporter Melissa Tobin dropped for the meet…

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Coming up on Weekend AM on February 5-6

This week on WAM, it’s the BATTLE OF THE BOOK CLUBS….tune in to hear book clubs from Grand Falls - Windsor, St. John’s, Labrador City, and Corner Brook as they defend this year’s CANADA READS titles….tune in to hear what they thought of this year’s five titles: Carol Sheilds’ “Unless” Essex County - the graphic novel, the Stephen Leacock winner “The Best Laid Plans”, the athletic love story “The Bone Cage” and the maritime gothic tale “The Birth House.” Also this weekend, a sneak peak inside Artistic Fraud’s Oil and Water…a brand new musical play about Lanier Phillips and the sinking of the SS Truxton in St Lawrence in 1942 featuring a gospel choir and an amazing line up of actors. On Liner Notes this week it’s “Mercy! The Sexton”

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January 29-30 Best Boy Productions

Best Boy Productions is a growing concern…the TV production company located in Mount Pearl brought us a number of docs, a TV series about a Newfoundland girl travelling the world and daring people to go skinny dipping, more recently they’ve been producing a kid’s series called Mickey and they have just signed a deal to produce five years of a docu drama called Pet ER. That series and their past projects have meant tremendous growth for the business…there are now over 30 employees and they’re building a 5,000 square foot green screen and insert sound stage studio. I visited Best boy Productions this week and met founder Ed Martin.

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