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September 2011 Archives

October 1-2 On The Weekend Arts Magazine

Mack Furlong joins in conversation with: poet and novelist Jane Urquhart, who is presenting this year’s Pratt Lecture on Saturday evening; Jamie Fitzpatrick, whose debut novel You Could Believe in Nothing is out in time for the start of hockey season; Kevin Tobin, Kevin Blackmore and Wayne Chaulk about their new book, Chainsaw Earle, and ; visual artist Sarah Hillock about her contribution to the Bestiary at the Leyton Gallery of Fine Art in St. John’s. Liner Notes features the new disc from Gary French, Sweetest Thing.

Mark your X for a song to represent each of the major political parties running in the provincial election! Call at the number below - we’ll be sending out gift prizes of cds, books, tee-shirts! Who knew elections could be such fun?

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.

If you miss an interview or a show, then check our podcasts and streaming interviews, available at cbc.ca/wam. Or follow @CBCWam on Twitter. Or search for CBC WAM on Facebook. Or listen live from anywhere in the world. Go to cbc.ca/nl and choose the Listen Live to Radio One button.

If you’d like to comment on the show or anything you hear on the show, email us; our address is wam@cbc.ca. Or call us at 576.5245, 1.877.576.5245 toll-free from anywhere.

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WAM September 24-25 Eastern Edge

Eastern Edge Gallery opens two shows this afternoon in St. John’s.

Reversion to the Original Point is created by Dustin Wilson, a New Brunswick artist currently living in Ontario. He’s developed an almost science-fiction project, imagining a future we might not necessarily want.

Eleanor King, a Nova Scotian artist, also imagines the future, but her future, as seen in her project No Signal, imagines a world where we might need more from the past than we realise.

Both shows create a dystopia, but it a mild strain of dystopia. They are Canadian, after all.

I visited the gallery this week and spoke first with Dustin about Reversion to the Original Point. Dustin’s piece starts on your right just as you get inside the door and then stretches for about thirty or forty feet along two walls of the space. There are cartoons, like the flip movies you used to see on the corners of books and magazines, there are landscapes, maps and charts. I asked Dustin if all this work comprised the one piece.

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WAM September 24-25 Jonathan Weale

A young artist from Zimbabwe is studying visual art at Grenfell College in Corner Brook. Jonathan Weale also has an exhibit of his work on display at JL Gallery. People We Know is the exhibit. I spoke with Jonathan the morning after the opening earlier this week. Evidently, he was happily surprised that he sold many of the works at the opening! Extra.

I asked Jonathan who are the people he knows.

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WAM September 24-25 Shoshanna Wingate

Shoshanna Wingate is the executive director and co-editor of Riddle Fence, the literary journal of Newfoundland and Labrador. Riddle Fence just launched its ninth edition.

Shoshanna is also a poet and is about to release her first collection, Homing Instinct, tomorrow night.

The poetry considers all the meanings of home; where we find it, who lives there, why we need, do we need it …

I invited Shoshanna into the studio this week and asked what home means to her.

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Weekend Arts Magazine on September 24-25

Join host Mack Furlong and hear about Greg Malone back onstage … in a Broadway musical! Greg stars as Miss Hannigan in the Theatre St. John’s production of “Annie.” Culture Days are celebrated across the country, and next week they’re celebrated in Newfoundland and Labrador, you’ll hear how. Jonathan Weale is a young visual artist from Zimbabwe studying in Corner Brook at Grenfell with a new exhibit at the JL Gallery of Modern Art and Design, he’ll talk about “People We Know,” his exhibit. Liner Notes on Sunday features the new music of All The Wiles.

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.

If you miss an interview or a show, then check our podcasts and streaming interviews, available at cbc.ca/wam. Or follow @CBCWam on Twitter. Or search for CBC WAM on Facebook. Or listen live from anywhere in the world. Go to cbc.ca/nl and choose the Listen Live to Radio One button.

If you’d like to comment on the show or anything you hear on the show, email us; our address is wam@cbc.ca. Or call us at 576.5245, 1.877.576.5245 toll-free from anywhere.

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WAM September 17-18 Edith Watson

I love visiting the exhibits that curators pull from the provincial archives at the Rooms because they are so redolent of Newfoundland and Labrador, and breathe such life into the past. They are rarely dry and stuffy, usually intriguing, and sometimes downright spectacular. I think of the show a couple years ago of the photographs taken by Elsie Holloway … gorgeous.

Well, the Archives are back with another winning exhibit, again of photographs, taken in the early 1900’s by American photographer, Edith Watson. Fish, Flake and Farm is the show, and it captures a sense of time and place in this province … country, then … that perhaps was only available to someone not from here.

Craig Tucker curated this exhibit. I spoke with him at the Rooms in St. John’s this week and began by asking him just who was Edith Watson?

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WAM September 17-18 Brand New Beat

People of a certain age will remember that song, the Ducats and Hey Hey Woman. They’ll also remember saddle pumps and pompadours… whether they remember them fondly or not, they will remember them!

Well, Rising Tide Theatre’s production of Brand New Beat should have you coming down on the side of fond memories.

Especially if you remember the Art Andrews Dance Party, broadcast live by CJON-TV during the mid-sixties. That’s where the Ducats got some of their early air time. Brand New Beat celebrates many things: Art Andrews; music; dance; social styles.

Rising Tide and the Arts and Culture Centres are presenting the show across the province starting this coming week in St. John’s.

Petrina Bromley co-created Brand New Beat with Amelia Manuel and I spoke with her last week about it. I asked Petrina where the idea came from to do a stage show about a television show.

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WAM September 17-18 Dying Hard

Mikaela Dyke has been receiving rave reviews for over a year on the festival circuit for her one-woman play, Dying Hard.

The show tells the story of the fluorspar miners of St. Lawrence in their own words.

Dying Hard opens a province-wide tour in St. John’s this coming Friday.

I spoke with Mikaela this week and asked her how she came to the stories that appear in Dying Hard.

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WAM September 17-18 Donald Stuart

Donald Stuart designs and creates some of the most beautiful gold and silver work in the country. Jewellery that is ostensibly simple, yet elegant and refined. As a designer and creator, Donald Stuart has had a deep effect on arts and crafts in Canada.

His work is known around the world, and now there is a dispaly of some of his pieces in the Annex Gallery of the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador on Devon Row in St. John’s.

Donald Stuart joins me this morning.

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WAM September 17-18 Bruce Molsky

Bruce Molsky has been nominated for awards from Nashville to Goteborg, he plays banjo, guitar and fiddle, and he sings a mean tune, too. Bruce is on the Avalon this weekend giving workshops and presenting concert performances. He is billed as an Appalachian fiddler, but he also plays in an Irish band, a Scottish band, and he’s won awards for his music in Sweden. So, I guess, Appalachian modernist?

Bruce Molsky is with me this morning.

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WAM September 17-18 Beothuck Books

Marshall Godwin’s new novel, Belle Maro, is set in his hometown of Belleoram and sweeps across three hundred years, weaving a love story with a story of vengeance and two treasure chests.

Hector Earle’s new novel, Death of A Race: A Newfoundland Tragedy Like No Other, is a love story of a different kind, more focussed on a young family.

Both stories have in common that they muse on the fate of the Beothuck native people as they met new people from across the sea, the first European settlers in Newfonudland and Labrador.

I had both Marshall and Hector in the studio this week and first asked Hector what attracted him to tell a story about the Beothucks.

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September 17-18 The Weekend Arts Magazine

Join host Mack Furlong and hear all about: books - Hector Earle’s Death of a Race and Marshall Godwin’s Belle Maro, both, coincidentally, about Beothucks; theatre - the Art Andrews Dance Party-inspired Rock Around the Clock, and the Fringe Festival hit Dying Hard both go on provincial tour; art and craft - textile artist Rachel Ryan and gold/silversmith Donald Stuart both open exhibits at the Craft Council Gallery in St. John’s; and music - Catcher appears on Liner Notes with their new release May You Live in Interesting Times.

Plus, play the Giller Game! Call the Weekend Arts Magazine at our phone number below, tell us what your dream library would contain, and you could win a complete collection of this year’s long list books for the Giller Prize! We’ll air some of the best responses on the show and announce the winner on Sunday, September 25th. Deadline for your dream library wishes is noon, Friday, September 23rd. While you’re at it, go to cbc.ca/books and enter their “Select Your Shortlist” contest and you could win a $1,000.00 gift certificate to shop at Chapters. Win with Weekend AM!

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 Sept. 10-11 New Book - "Easy to Like"

Edward Riche’s most recent play, Hail, enjoyed a sold-out run at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s recently. His first novel, Rare Birds, made it to the silver screen. The Nine Planets, his second, sat atop the Globe and Mail’s 2004 best fiction list. He adapted Rare Birds for the movies and has won awards for his radio documentaries and the CBC cult-classic, The Great Eastern. Ed won the NLAC Artist of the year award in 2004, the Winterset Award and the Raddall Atlantic Book award for fiction. Ed’s new book, “Easy to Like”, has just been published. It chronicles the wild ride of Elliot Johnson, a workaday screenwriter in the tinseliest of towns, Los Angeles. But Elliot also makes wine, and while his screenplays seem schlocky, his wine is almost … almost, the best wine you ever tasted. In pursuit of the final ingredient for that wine, at least he hopes it’s the final ingredient, Elliot ends up running CBC TV in Toronto. I invited Ed in to the studio to talk about the new tome.

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WAM Sept. 10-11 Wooden Boat Conference

The Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador celebrates the art and craft of shipbuilding. One manner in which they do this is with their annual Wooden Boat Conference. This year, the meetings take place in Trinity, a place with a fair share of the shipbuilding history of the province. As a director of the museum, Chris Osmond is up to his gunwales in this year’s event. I called him the week and asked him what they have to confer about!

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WAM Sept. 10-11 Sobey Art Award

Each year since 2002, the Sobey Art Award has recognized leading young artists creating outstanding contemporary work. The shortlist exhibition for this year’s award goes on view in Halifax, Nova Scotia on September 17th and the winning artist will be announced at a Gala at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on October 13th. The Atlantic finalist this year is Zeke Moores. He is a sculptor from Conception Bay South, but has been teaching at the University of Windsor for the last 6 years. That’s where I reached him this morning.

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WAM Sept. 10-11 Writer In Residence

Memorial University invites writers to its campus for the fall and winter semesters to act as authors in residence. This placement is for both new and established artists whose work shows a high level of accomplishment. While here, the writers are encouraged to work on their own projects, offer assistance and advice to students and to the larger local community as well. This semester’s author in residence is award-winning poet and novelist Anne Simpson. I asked her what it means to her to be writer in residence at Memorial University.

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Weekend Arts Magazine Sept. 10-11

Parlez-vous fran├žais? And do you like to sing? Claire Wilkshire and La Rose des Vents want you! Find out how and why when she speaks with host Mack Furlong. A new writer takes up residence at Memorial University, Anne Simpson talks about the position. Mack takes a tour through a mock refugee camp in Bannerman Park in St. John’s, a Doctors Without Borders public information event. Edward Riche sees his newest novel hit the bookstore shelves. Easy To Like is now available and Ed will discuss the book. Liner Notes features Mark Bragg and his brand new cd, Your Kiss.

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.

If you miss an interview or a show, then check our podcasts and streaming interviews, available at cbc.ca/wam. Or follow @CBCWam on Twitter. Or search for CBC WAM on Facebook. Or listen live from anywhere in the world. Go to cbc.ca/nl and choose the Listen Live to Radio One button. Mack will meet you there!

If you’d like to comment on the show or anything you hear on the show, email us; our address is wam@cbc.ca. Or call us at 576.5245, 1.877.576.5245 toll-free from the globe.

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WAM Sept. 03-04 Sex, Pies And A Few White Lies

Monica Parker has worked with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. Anthony Hopkins, George Clooney, Gwenyth Paltrow. Even our own Gordon pinsent. She’s had roles in ER, The “X” Files, Murder She Wrote. And in movies such as Nancy Drew and A Perfect Murder in a career in LA spanning 20 years. But Parker has had one life-long struggle: body image. And that’s the subject of her one-woman show, Sex, Pies and a few White Lies.It’s on stage this week at the Spirit of Newfoundland’s Masonic Temple. Chris O’Neill-Yates spoke with Parker from her home in Toronto.

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WAM Sept. 03-04 Joel Hynes' New Book

For those who love the raw, unvarnished reality depicted in the works of Joel Thomas Hynes, you’ll get your fix in his new book. But that’s not all you’ll get. “Straight Razor Days” is also full of love and tenderness and emotion. Inspired by the males in his life: his grandfather, his father and his young son. The work is one of poetry, or poetic narratives. It’s a new kind of work for Hynes. Chris O’neil-Yates caught up with him by phone earlier this week. Here is their conversation.

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WAM Sept. 03-04 Pipe Organs

Since he was a boy, Dr. David Peters has loved pipe organs. He learned to play at a very young age, studied under some great organists. And for years has been the organist at the Cochrane Street United Church. Now, Dr. Peters is on a quest. A quest to find every last pipe organ in the province. No small task. But as you’re about to find out it’s a labour of love. Chris O’Neill-Yates caught up with Dr. Peters at Cochrane earlier in the week.

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WAM Sept. 03-04 "Bridging the Gap".

It’s the first time exhibiting in St. John’s for the West coast group of artists known as LAWN. LAWN stands for the League of Artists of Western Newfoundland. There are 60 artists in the group, and 19 of them are exhibiting their works at the Eastern Edge Gallery. It’s curated by Don Foulds of Sir Wilfred Grenfell Gollege. Chris O’Neill-Yates dropped down to the Eastern Edge where artist Irve Manuel and Nancy Jacobsen were mounting the exhibition with gallery staff on Friday. You will hear from Irve Manuel. But we begin and end with Nancy Jacobsen. Chris asked nancy to take her through some of the works in the exhibit.

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WAM Sept. 03-04 New Wine Magazine

The advent of digital media is having an impact on the way we find information and the way we read books and subscribe to magazines. Increasingly, we’re using our smartphones and tablets to access what interests us. A new weekly wine magazine is taking advantage of our addiction to our electronic devices. Nomad Editions is coming out with a new wine magazine, and it’ll be as close as your ipad. John Benditt is the Editor in Chief of Nomad Editions, a New York-based startup that’s publishing a high-quality digital wine magazine tailored to tablets and smartphones.

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