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August 2011 Archives

WAM August 27-28 31st Atlantic Film Festival

The 31st Atlantic Film Festival opens in Halifax on September 15th. Hundreds of film-types will descend on the Nova Scotia capital to see films, schmooze, and make important contacts.

Nearly two hundred films will be screened over the ten days, including new movies from Pedro Almodavar, Wim Wenders and Mike Clattenberg.

One of the highlights of the Atlantic Film Festival is always the CBC Atlantic Shorts Gala, and two of the filmmakers who will present new pieces there are Jordan Canning and Mark O’Brien. Jordan of course is a rising star on the local film scene and Mark is well-known to viewers of The Republic of Doyle where he plays Des.

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WAM Aug 27-28 Northwords

Shelagh Rogers is nothing if not adventurous. Her most recent adventure is a collaboration with Parks Canada helping it celebrate its centenary this year. Of course, this will be a multi-media event.

Sheila took five well-known writers to the Torngat Mountains National Park in Labrador earlier this month just to see what they could see.

I spoke with Shelagh Friday morning about the project, dubbed Northwords, and asked her what the project is all about.

 

 
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L to R: Sarah Leavitt,Rabindranath Maharaj, Joseph Boyden, Shelia Rogers, Alissa York, Noah Richler,
 
 
 
 
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August 27-28 On The Weekend Arts Magazine

Join host Mack Furlong for the scoop on what’s happening on the cultural front in the province. Corner Brook artist Tina Dolter takes her sensual, mature women to Toronto for a show at the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts - The Sensuality of the Maturing Woman project hits the road! Still with visual arts, VANL-CARFAC has a new executive director - Dave Andrews will talk about where he sees the organization going. Liner Notes featured guest is Tara Oram.

The Weekend Arts Magazine airs from 6 to 9:30 island time - 5:30 to 9:00 in parts of Labrador - on Saturday and Sunday mornings on CBC Radio 1.

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WAM August 20-21 Wayne Johnston

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Baltimore’s Mansion, The Story of Bobby O’Malley, The Navigator of New York, The Divine Ryans, all works that are based in Newfoundland and all that say something ineffable about this place. So it may seem odd to note that the author of all these books, Wayne Johnston, born in Goulds, lives in Toronto.

But now Wayne is back in Newfoundland, both physically and in his new book, A World Elsewhere.

Wayne launched the new novel Friday night at the Writers in Woody Point festival.

CBC reporter Melissa Tobin was in Woody Point yesterday and had an opportunity to speak with him.

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WAM August 20-21 Portuguese Polaroids

Manfred Buchheit has been taking photographs here in Newfoundland since 1971. Mannie is also an accomplished artist, teacher and has worked as a bartender.

Along with fellow photographer Kent Barrett, Mannie became involved in the downtown arts scene in St. John’s, creating work for theatre companies, musicians, commercial enterprises and more.

One of their collaborations was a series of portraits of Portuguese fishermen who made port here with the White Fleet at the same time as a local theatre company was mounting a play about just that cultural artifact - sailors on the waterfront. They created an exhibit in 1980 called The Portuguese Polaroids.

After the exhibit came down, Mannie put the photos in his vast archive and moved on to other work. But now, these disarmingly simple portraits have made a comeback.

I asked Mannie to begin at the beginning - a very good place to start - and tell us how he discovered the Portuguese Polaroids.

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WAM August 20-21 Joan Andersen

The influences on music in Labrador are as big as all out doors. Fishers, trappers, loggers, hunters, locals and imports, the churches and the radio all had a huge effect on what comes out of there. And the songs reflect and capture all this culture, like photographs or memoirs. Beverly Diamond of Memorial University's Research Centre for Music Media and Place, MmAP, realised there was too much to handle for the entirety of Labrador, so all hands focussed on Makkovik, and the music-making of Gerald Mitchell. And it was all Joan Andersen's big idea!

I called Joan in Makkovik this week and asked her from where the idea for the collection came.

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WAM August 20-21 John and Marjorie Doyle

The Songbook, the Bulletin, Vicks Vaporub and Dr. Chase's nerve pills - Gerald S. Doyle's name was attached to them all.  Tonight on CBC TV's Summer Series, his children Marjorie and John look back at their father's life in the documentary Regarding our Father and find the patriot, the fun-lover, the hard-nosed businessman, and a beautiful Newfoundland and Labrador.

I asked Marjorie where the idea for the film came from? 

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WAM August 20-21 Geoff Adams

In his six years at the helm, Geoff Adams has steered Clarenville's New Curtain Theatre Company through seas of excitement, fun, experiment  and change. Geoff is about to embark on another trip that promises fans of the company more of that vibrant attitude.  Geoff will be attending the North American Cultural Laboratory in Highland Lake, New York at the end of this month. There, he will work on a new script, an adaptation of Sharon MacKay's youth novels Charlie Wilcox and Charlie Wilcox Great War.

I spoke with Geoff this week and asked him about the project.

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WAM August 13-14 Robert Hiscock and Kathy Hodder

The Weekend Arts Magazine broadcast live from the Beaches Heritage Centre at the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Winterset in Summer Literary Festival on the Eastport Peninsula. We interviewed many people on the air that weekend, this is one of those interviews.

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WAM August 13-14 Lisa Rae Pickersgill

The Weekend Arts Magazine broadcast live from the Beaches Heritage Centre at the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Winterset in Summer Literary Festival on the Eastport Peninsula. We interviewed many people on the air that weekend, this is one of those interviews.

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WAM August 13-14 Leslie Vryenhoek and Gerard Collins

The Weekend Arts Magazine broadcast live from the Beaches Heritage Centre at the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Winterset in Summer Literary Festival on the Eastport Peninsula. We interviewed many people on the air that weekend, this is one of those interviews.

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WAM August 13-14 Sherman Downey and Andrew James O'Brien

The Weekend Arts Magazine broadcast live from the Beaches Heritage Centre at the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Winterset in Summer Literary Festival on the Eastport Peninsula. We interviewed many people on the air that weekend, this is one of those interviews.

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WAM August 13-14 Johanna Skibsrud, Sara Selecky and Alexander MacLeod

The Weekend Arts Magazine broadcast live from the Beaches Heritage Centre at the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Winterset in Summer Literary Festival on the Eastport Peninsula. We interviewed many people on the air that weekend, this is one of those interviews.

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WAM August 13-14 Dave Paddon

The Weekend Arts Magazine broadcast live from the Beaches Heritage Centre at the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Winterset in Summer Literary Festival on the Eastport Peninsula. We interviewed many people on the air that weekend, this is one of those interviews.

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WAM August 13-14 Richard Gwyn and Michael Enright

The Weekend Arts Magazine broadcast live from the Beaches Heritage Centre at the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Winterset in Summer Literary Festival on the Eastport Peninsula. We interviewed many people on the air that weekend, this is one of those interviews.

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WAM August 13-14 Noreen Golfman

The Weekend Arts Magazine broadcast live from the Beaches Heritage Centre at the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Winterset in Summer Literary Festival on the Eastport Peninsula. We interviewed many people on the air that weekend, this is one of those interviews.

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WAM August 13-14 Lisa Moore

The Weekend Arts Magazine broadcast live from the Beaches Heritage Centre at the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Winterset in Summer Literary Festival on the Eastport Peninsula. We interviewed many people on the air that weekend, this is one of those interviews.

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WAM August 13-14 Michael Crummey, Craig and Connie Wally

The Weekend Arts Magazine broadcast live from the Beaches Heritage Centre at the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Winterset in Summer Literary Festival on the Eastport Peninsula. We interviewed many people on the air that weekend, this is one of those interviews.

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WAM August 13-14 Kate Evans

The Weekend Arts Magazine broadcast live from the Beaches Heritage Centre at the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Winterset in Summer Literary Festival on the Eastport Peninsula. We interviewed many people on the air that weekend, this is one of those interviews.

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WAM August 6-7 Ruth Lawrence

The reviews for the White Rooster She Said Yes co-production of MonaRita could not be better. 5 out of 5 stars at the Hamilton Fringe, voted outstanding ensemble performance by NOW magazine at Fringe Toronto. “The most enjoyable experience I have had at a Fringe show in a very long time” says one reviewer. “A performance that has to be seen,” says another.

This should all be good bumph for future fringe bookings in September.

But that encouragement may not be acted upon. The production has run into problems. Pedantic problems. Money problems.

Ruth Lawrence runs White Rooster Theatre and plays Rita in the Shannon Bramer’s show. She joins me in the studio.

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WAM Augist 6-7 Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival

Since 2001, the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival has been offering not only high-calibre concerts to Newfoundland audiences, but world-class education to gifted and hard-working young chamber players.

Over the fortnight from today, the 7th, to Sunday the 21st, Tuckamore presents master classes, open rehearsals, workshops, private classes and more given by performers and teachers to promising students.

Nancy Dahn and Tim Steeves, award-winning members of Duo Concertante, are the brains, and much of the brawn!, behind Tuckamore and they join me now in studio.

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WAM August 6-7 Eastern Edge Art Marathon

Eastern Edge Gallery began their twenty-four hour art marathon over a decade ago. The public interest and artistic action have been growing every year. So much so that Eastern Edge has had to make the 24 HAM a part of a much larger experience - the Art Marathon Festival!

The festival now lasts eight days, from the summer saunter on Saturday, the 13th, a wander through over a dozen gallleries and studios in the downtown area, the official launch on Sunday the 14th, all the way to the excitement of the closing 24-hour art marathon and silent auction taking place on the 20th / 21st.

Jane Walker serves as festival co-ordinator this year, and she came by the Weekend Arts Magazine studio to talk about the festival. I asked her to give us a thumbnail sketch of what to expect over the seven and a half, eight days of activity

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WAM Auguest 6-7 This Week on The Weekend Arts Magazine

Eastern Edge Gallery gears up for its annual Art Marathon - every one is in training! MonaRita, with Ruth Lawrence and Sara Tilley, was a hit at the Toronto Fringe - now they’re off to Halifax and Winnipeg, we’ll get an update. Second Storey Youth Theatre comes half way ‘round the world to perform at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival and the LSPU Hall, we’ll hear from the young Tasmanian crowd. Our guest on Liner Notes is Dawn Trainer-Thompson with her new cd, Unsung.

The Weekend Arts Magazine airs from 6 to 9:30 island time - 5:30 to 9:00 in parts of Labrador - on Saturday and Sunday mornings on CBC Radio 1.

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