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April 2011 Archives

April 30- May 1 Three Poets

There are three Newfoundland poets up for the EJ Pratt Poetry Award and all three are with me this morning…congrats to Tom Dawe…nominated for Where Genesis Begins a book of his poems paired with the art of Gerry Squires published by Breakwater Books

George Murray is nominated for his book of aphorisms Glimpse published by ECW Press

Patrick Warner is nominated for his book of poetry MOLE….published by Anansi Press

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April 30- May 1 Anthony McAllister

The Newfoundland Regiment is renowned for many things, probably most notably for the battle at Beaumont - Hamel.

But historian Anthony McAllister has uncovered an episode of equal bravery under fire.

He tells the story of the regiment and the battle at Monchy-le-Preux on April 14, 1917, nine short months following Beaumont Hamel, in his new book, The Greatest Gallantry.

I spoke with Anthony McAllister this week.

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April 30 May 1 Eastern Edge

Eastern Edge Gallery currently has on exhibition two new installations from young Canadian artists — Jonathan Villeneuve from Quebec and Kip Jones from Ontario.

Both works share some commonalities - they use wood as construction material and they make you think about what surrounds us … the banal, the plain, things we take for granted.

Villeneuve’s piece, Wavelength, looks and sounds like a throbbing back deck turned on its side, while Jones’s piece, Linear Gesture, carves up that most common of human environments, shared space.

I spoke with Jonathan Villeneuve about his bumping, boiling piece. You’ll hear a little of that before we turned it off.

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April 30- May 1 Leslie Vryenhoek

In her debut collection of poems, writer Leslie Vryenhoek explores the notion of ‘home’ or the gulf between one place and another. Many of the poems are autobiographical and trace her childhood travels across the gulf of the US border to the Canadian praries and then as an adult from the praries across the gulf…of St. Lawrence to Newfoundland.

I invited her into the studio and asked her about the structure of the collection.

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April 30-May 1 On The Weekend Arts Magazine

A double dose of hosts this weekend - Angela Antle has the chair on Saturday morning and Mack Furlong takes the controls on Sunday. They’ll hear from poet Lesley Vryenhoek about Gulf,i a new collection of poems. Jonathan Villenueve and Kip Jones open two exhibits in St. John’s, they’ll talk about Wavelength and Linear Gesture. Anthony McAllister will also be with us to talk about April 14, 1917 - the story he tells of the Newfoundland Regiment at Monchy-le-Preux in his book The Greatest Gallantry. Angela and Mack’s guests on Liner Notes this week are the STEP Fiddlers.

The Weekend Arts Magazine airs from 6:00 to 9:30 on CBC Radio 1, Saturday and Sunday. Airtime is a half hour earlier in parts of Labrador

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April 23 Tara Manuel

Tara Manuel is a well known performer on the west coast. She is the artistic director of Shadowy Souls Puppet Theatre, the creative force behind the Corner brook Performance series Kabaret with a K. Tara is also the author of two books: Her second is called Walking Through Shadows: Stories From the Edge of the World. I invited Tara into the studio to ask her how the short stoires are linked.

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April 23 NL Drama Festival

The NL Drama Festival is in full swing now in Grand Falls-Windsor. There are eight community theatre troupes from across the province at the Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts from April 23-30.

David Newell of the host Northcliffe Drama Club is the organizer. I caught up with him this week by phone. I asked him to decribe his role.

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April 23 Tina Maddigan

After thousands of appearance on broadway in Mamma Mia and a gig as a TV host, Newfoundlander Tina Maddigan has stepped out of the limelight for a while to raise her kids.

And while her new life revolves around playdates, potty training and naps and is less about glam costumes and belting out show tunes, there’s a bit of Broadway in Tina Maddigan’s bones. She’s home to sing broadway classics with Jonathan Monro and the NSO and she can’t contain herself…listen to her sing through this interview.

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April 23 2011 Sonnet Winners

The 2011 Sonnet winners are William Power, Kylie Hynes and Wendy Rogers.

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April 23 Sobey's Arts Award

Two artists from Newfoundland and Labrador and one who lived here for many years and recently moved…made it ontot he prestigious Sobey Art award long list this week. it’s the nation’s most important visual art prize and it’s the first time we’ve had more than one artist make the list.

St. John’s painter Kym Greeley, Corner Brook based ceramicist Mike Flaherty and photogrpaher John Haney are all in the Altantic category.

John Haney lived in St. John’s for years and has recently moved to Hamilton. Kym is based here in St. John’s and unfortunately Mike is not available this morning.

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April 23 On The Weekend Arts Magazine

This one day weekend on WAM…we’ve got sealer, fisher and singer songwriter Sabrina Whyatt on Liner Notes, Shakespearian Sonnet winners, Mama Mia’s Tina Maddigan is home to sing with the NSO, Grand Falls’ thesbian David Newell on this coming week’s Provincial Drama Festival and three Newfoundland artists who are being honoured by the Sobey Art Award longlist and Corner Brook’s Tara Manuel releases her second book.

Sunday’s Weekend Arts Magazine show, April 24th is preempted by national programming.

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April 16-17 Michael Crummey & Kathleen Winter

Newfoundland and Labrador writers Kathleen Winter and Micheal Crummey today breathe the rarefied air of the highest levels of the literary world. Kathleen has just reached the shortlist of eight writers for this year’s Orange Prize with her first novel, Annabel, and Michael, too, sits as one of ten on a shortlist, for the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award. His third novel, Galore has been nominated for that distinction.

The Orange prize for fiction is an annual award for excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from around the world. The winner receives a 30,000 pound cheque.

The IMPAC award is the world’s richest literary prize - the winner receives 100,000 euros.

Mack Furlong spoke with Kathleen in Montreal by phone and Michael here in our studio.

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April 16-17 Lawnya Vawnya--Colleen Collins

Lawnya Vawnya, an exposition of independent art and culture in St. John’s, opened its inaugural exhibit Victory and Defeat last night. It represents the work of two cross-genre artists, both appearing at the festival.

Colleen Collins and Jesse Stewart are both musicians and visual artists.

Colleen Collins presents two pieces at the Lawnya Vawnya Headquarters gallery - Winter Studies #2, and Trophy Series.

Mack Furlong spoke with Colleen by phone earlier this week.

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April 16-17 Wonderbolt Circus

Beni Malone has been clowning around most of his adult life. Now it is time to celebrate.

Beni’s Wonderbolt Circus turns thirty this year and they want you to join in the party. Next Thursday night in St. John’s, Beni and his coterie will present a night of wonder, an anniversary fundraiser, at the Majestic Theatre.

Beni joined Mack Furlong in the studio for a look back at three decades of unicycles, juggling balls, and circus tours by boat.

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April 16-17 Arts and Letters Poetry Winners Junior Division

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards will be presented in St. John’s tonight. The awards are divided into two sections, Junior and Senior divisions. Awards are presented for poetry, fiction, non-fiction, French literature, dramatic script, visual art and music. There is also a prize awarded for the best first novel and one for the David Saxe Humanitarian Essay. Winners receive cold hard cash, always welcome! Here are the winners for 2011. Claire Davis,Kyle Barron, Kathleen McLevey, George Power, Hannah Stevenson, Sophie Crocker, Mikaela Etchegary, Sarah Spurrell, Kelsie Benoit, Tyler Stapleton.

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Aptil 16-17 On The Weekend Arts Magazine

Host Angela Antle hears it from the young poets of Newfoundland and Labrador - the provincial Arts and Letters Awards are presented this weekend and you, too, will hear young writers read their prize-winning pieces. There’ll be news from the East Coast Music Association meetings in Charlottetown as many of our performers are nominated for awards or are making showcase appearances. Two of our writers, Kathleen Winter and Michael Crummey, have appeared on the shortlists of two very prestigious book awards, Angela will hear all about the excitement. Beni Malone’s circus celebrates thirty Wonder(bolt)ful years of entertainment, we’ll see if we can get Beni down off the high-wire. Plus Andrew James O’Brien is our guest on Liner Notes.

The Weekend Arts Magazine airs on CBC Radio 1 across the province from 6:00 to 9:30 on Saturday and Sunday mornings, 5:30 to 9;00 in most of Labrador. If you can’t join us then, check our weekly podcasts - www.cbc.ca/wam.

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April 9-10 George Murray

Newsflash! In case you haven’t heard - there’s an election campaign on in Canada!

Seeing as how you are listening to the Weekend Arts Magazine, then you’ve probably got more than a passing interest in the arts, culture and heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador, and its future.

That’s where federal politicians come in - they have some say in the matter. But do they know anything about what artists and cultural workers need in the way of government?

The Association of Cultural Industries of Newfoundland and Labrador has some suggestions to spur the conversation on your doorstep when the candidates arrive.

George Murray is the executive director of ACI. ACI has developed a short checklist of concerns and questions you can direct at that hopeful politician.

Angela Antle spoke with George at a busy coffee shop and began by laying the scene …

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April 9-10 The Battery

Emma Tibaldo directs plays and works as the artistic director of Montreal’s renowned Playwrights’ Workshop. She is in St. John’s directing a new play by Megan Coles, co-founder of Poverty Cove Theatre Company.

The play is The Battery. Two best friends work in a bar in St. John’s when one of them becomes involved in an abusive relationship, and the strength of their friendship comes under stress.

Emma Tibaldo and Megan Coles met with Angela Antle this week to talk about the play. Angela asked about the name, The Battery.

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April 9-10 Todd Perrin

Todd Perrin was talking with Angela Antle earlier this week about food and cooking.
Todd is a contestant on the reality cooking show cum contest, Top Chef Canada. The initial program in the series airs tomorrow night on the Food Network Canada.

The idea is simple, get sixteen up and coming professional chefs into the kitchen, throw down the gauntlet - everybody gets the some challenge and the same amount of time to prepare their meal - then the judges come in to sample the results and eventually, by a process of elimination, choose the top chef in Canada.

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April 9-10 Gerard Collins

I suspect “Moonlight Sketches” is so named to contrast with the shiny happy people found in “Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town”

The collection of short stories draws a considerably darker and stranger portrait of small town living in rural Newfoundland in the town of Darwin…where only the fittest survice and no one really thrives.

I invited Gerard Collins in to talk about the book.

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April 9-10 Rozalind McPhail

Rozalind McPhail has a thing about islands. She grew up in the hippy kingdom of Toronto islands and recently moved here to our rocky outcrop.

Rozalind is so at home in our thriving cultural scene that she recently challenged filmmakers to create silent films about St. John’s….she called the baker’s dozen of films “Painted Houses”

And in the month of February when 100 musicians around the provicne were busy creating Cds - she created soundtracks to the new films.

This week the Painted Houses had a launch party and now Rozalind MacPhail is taking them off to the Yukon for the Dawson City Short Film festival.

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April 9-10 Charles Picco and Craig David Wallace

Carbonear native Charles Picco and his creative partner Craig David Wallace are the brains behind the popular SPACE TV show “Todd and the Book of Pure Evil.”

As you can probably tell from the title, the show is a comedy but with a sci-fi twist. Which is why they’ll be both appearing at the Sci Fi on the Rock event here in St. John’s next weekend. I called them both up to ask them about season 2 of Todd and the Book of Pure Evil.

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April 9-10 On The Weekend Arts Magazine

This weekend on WAM - We’ll go to Darwin, Newfoundland, the mysterious town in Gerard Collins’ short story collection “Moonlight Sketches”, playwright Megan Coles and dramaturge Emma Tibaldo will take us to the Republic bar where they’re staging the new play “The Battery”. Carbonear native Charles Picco and partner Craig David Wallace are in Toronto filming the second season of the sci-fi comedy “Todd and the Book of Pure Evil.” Musician Roz MacPhail has inspired a dozen filmmakers and now she’s taking her “Painted Houses” shorts to the Dawson City film festival. We’ll try to tap into the KISS-mania that has hit central Newfoundland and chef Todd Perrin speaks to WAM from the basement of Raymond’s restaurant on the eve of his TV debut in Top Chef Canada. And on Liner Notes, Sandy Moriis, Glenn Collins and Peter Narvaez, “The Superpickers”.

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April 2-3 Patrick Warner's First Novel

Patrick Warner is an award winning poet from Ireland who lives here in St. John’s, Newfoundland. His bio says he moved here in 1980 in search of economic prosperity and better weather and was disappointed on both counts.

Double Talk is the title of Patrick’s first novel. It’s the story of a failed marriage told backwards and from the duelling points of view of ex-husband and ex-wife. The story is set in downtown St. John’s and it’s full of wry references to the 1980s punk scene, humour and sadness over the loss of a once vibrant love.

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April 2-3 New Book About Giant's Walk

A young Innu man named Giant aka Michel Andrew had a dream. In it he was walking across Labrador to try to halt the diabetes epidemic that is crippling his people. Gaint decided to act on his dream and in 2009 he walked from Sheshashuit to Natuashish - a journey his ancestors would’ve undertaken easily. But such is the dependence on snowmobiles, many people didn’t think Giant would make it. His journey and ultimate success is chronicled in a book of photographs by Alex Andrew. Alex helped organize the walk and he spoke to me about the book and Giant’s journey.

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April 2-3 Botwood Mural

The communtity of Botwood wants to create a tourism draw in the town with a series of large scale historical murals. They have formed a committee called the Botwood Mural Arts Society and last year they hired an artist to create the first mural.

So last August, artist Michael Young travelled to Botwood and created a large scale tribute to the town’s cottage hospital. His name is Michael Young and he says he hasn’t been paid in full for his work.

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