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November 2011 Archives

December 3-4 on the Weekend Arts Magazine

Brian McHugh guest hosts from Corner Brook this weekend, join him and hear about a brand new film being screened there this Saturday night. “Wassail,” says Anita Best, and we’ll find out what she means. The Resource Centre for the Arts wants you to enter their Christmas monologue contest, you’ll hear all about that. And a new exhibit at the Leyton Gallery of Fine Art features the work of, among others, children’s book writer and illustrator Anthony Barton. Wayne Muggeridge is the guest on Liner Notes with his new cd Come in and Jar the Door.

The Weekend Arts Magazine, this week from Corner Brook with guest host Brian McHugh, 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 listen live from anywhere in the world. Go to cbc.ca/nl and choose the Listen Live to Radio One button. Brian will join you there!

Don’t forget to take part in our Christmas Singalong. Ring us up at the number below and sing us your favourite Christmas Song! We’ll put all the names in a hat - sing a Newfoundland Christmas tune and we’ll put your name in twice! - and pull a winner on Christmas Eve for a Weekend AM tote bag jammed with goodies.

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WAM November 26-27 Shine On Benefit

Steve Kelly has piled a lot on his plate.

Steve is the brother of Scott Kelly, a well-known musician and music retailer in the capital city who died tragically earlier this year, a victim of depression.

So Steve has decided it is time to raise some funds for the education of Scott’s children and raise some awareness of the problem of depression and mental illness in our community.

He hopes he’ll achieve these goals with Shine On - the Scott Kelly Memorial Benefit Concert.

I contacted Steve by phone earlier this week and asked him to tell me a little about the giant list of musical contributors to the concert.

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WAM November 26-27 City Seen

In 2010, Patricia Grattan won an award for Distinguished Service, presented to her by the Canadian Museums Association. Patricia is a former director of the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador. And as such, she knows her way around a gallery or archive.

Patricia also knows her way around a good book, and she is about to launch a new publication, City Seen - Artists’ Views of St. John’s - 1785 to 2010.

Patricia Grattan joined me in the studio this week and I asked her where the idea for City Seen came from.

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WAM November 26-27 Riddle Fence

Faced with a decrease in funding, many arts organizations rethink how they can raise the required money to achieve their goals.

Such is the condition for Riddle Fence, Newfoundland and Labrador’s journal of art and culture. They have turned to Rocket Hub, the crowd funding site, and to their supporters to help.

Shoshanna Wingate is the executive director for Riddle Fence and I wanted to know why she needs a fundraising effort to fill the coffers.

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WAM November 26-27 Rock Wiseman

Darrick ” Rocky” Wiseman has been backbeating some of the best musicians in Newfoundland and Labrador for, oh, what …. fifty years!

Hard to imagine that the man who has given the riddim to the Wonderful Grand Band, Peter Narvaez, the Ravens - who recorded one of the very first 45s in the province, Marylou Collins, Joan Morrissey and so many more, has been pounding it out for half a century.

So what better way to celebrate this golden jubilee than by putting the man to work!

When travels brought Rocky back to St. John’s the WGB was quick to arrange a reunion of the original band on the last night of their recent provincial tour. A mere snap of a synapse then made it obvious that a night to celebrate Rocky while he was still here in St. John’s would be a wonderful grand idea.

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WAM November 26-27 Irish Descendants Navigators Christmas Tour

Christmas and family go together, so it only seems natural that brothers Con and Arthur O’Brien hit the road with their respective bands the Irish Descendants and the Navigators to celebrate with you on the 2011 Celtic Christmas Provincial Tour.

The brothers O’Brien make over twenty stops on this trip.

Con O’Brien dropped by the studio this week to talk about what you can expect.

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November 26-27 on Weekend Arts Magazine

The music community celebrates 50 years of Rocky Wiseman and his drums - Rocky and Sandy Morris will talk about the impact Rocky has had on the local scene. Patricia Grattan has discovered a treasure trove of images of St. John’s that date from the late 18th century up to the present. Her collection, City Seen - Artists’ Views of St. John’s, 1785-2010 will soon be available. Christmas is only a month away, and you can celebrate with the Irish Descendants and the Navigators as they make their way around the province on their Celtic Christmas tour - Con O’Brien gives us the whys and wherefores. Liner Notes features Another Bridge to Burn, the new recording from John Cossar.

The Weekend Arts Magazine with Mack Furlong 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 listen live from anywhere in the world. Go to cbc.ca/nl and choose the Listen Live to Radio One button. Mack will join you there!

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WAM November 19-20 Nicole Hawkins

Art and its component parts come in all imaginable shapes and forms.

As an example, take Nicola Hawkins, currently working as an artist in residence at The Rooms in St. John’s. Nicola is preparing for an upcoming show which opens in December. I visited with her this past week, and her work space looks like a dump. Literally. Nicola is creating her show using junk, recyclables and other found objects.

Some pieces are gigantic collages and others are paintings. There’ll even be sculpture and animation.

The show will be called Junk-o-Sphere, and it curated by Caroline Stone.

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While Nicola works still on many uncompleted pieces, she showed me one that is in its final form. I asked her to describe Slicing the Polar Pie, a collage with painting on three panels.

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WAM November 19-20 Unikkausivut

The National Film Board held a premiere for its landmark DVD collection of classic Inuit film in Nain on Thursday.

Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories is a two-volume set of three discs each that feature twenty-four new or classic Inuit films. The set is also available for viewing online.

Johannes Lampe is the minister of Culture, Recreation and Tourism for NunatSIAvut Government and he attended the Nain premiere. I spoke with Minister Lampe on Friday and asked him what this release means to the people of NunatSIAvut.

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WAM November 19-20 Heresay

Pick up any map of almost any city and you’ll see co-ordinates and grids, there’ll be subway lines and bus routes … some will give you an understanding of the lay of the physical land. Others may show important buildings or monuments.

But what of the people? What of their experiences, their lives, their stories?

Award-winning sound artist, Chris Brookes has an answer for this.

Heresay, a series of sonic maps, maps that speak.

Now Chris is ready to launch his newest diagram, A Story Map of Outer Battery.

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WAM November 19-20 Andreas Haun

St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick sits on the coast of the Bay of Fundy just south of Fredericton. it is home to Kingsbrae Garden, considered one of the five greatest gardens in North America. It has ponds and streams, an old-growth forest, over 50,000 perennials … and a National Sculpture Competition.

And this competition wants submissions from sculptors in Newfoundland and Labrador to compete for the first prize of $10,000.

Andreas Haun is the general manager of Kingsbrae, and I asked him to describe, for those of us who don’t know it, what Kingsbrae Garden is.

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WAM November 19-20 NSCAD

The school in downtown Halifax has been deemed one of six universities “at risk” because of its looming financial woes. It’s facing a $2.4-million deficit this year, and its one hundred twenty-five year history is in jeopardy. One report in 2008 said the college should be changed drastically or merged with another university. Any thought of that merger has been rejected, but you get a sense of the concern involved here. Howard Winsor, a former deputy minister in the Nova Scotia government, is currently preparing another report on NSCAD and its future.

But many artists currently studying there do not want a Dal degree, they want NSCAD paper.

Meanwhile, many former NSCAD graduates are gathered at this weekend’s Nova Scotia Designer Craft Show at the Cunard Centre. Diane Paquette from Information Morning in Halifax spoke with them about the school’s future.

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WAM November 19-20 VANL CARFAC

You are a visual artist struggling for years to create your work,find your “voice” and let the world know about it.

Uh-oh … how do you let the world know about it? One of the best ways to present yourself is through a well designed website.

That’s where VANL-CARFAC comes in. Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador has drafted Andrew Draskoy to present a series of professional development workshops around the province that will help you create a web presence that reflects you, and a publicity program that will get the word out.

As a matter of fact, that’s what they call the two workshops - Artists Websites and Getting the Word Out: Media and Publicity.

Dave Andrews is the executive director for VANL-CARFAC and he joined Andrew and me in the studio. I asked Andrew what he hoped he can help artists achieve with his workshops.

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WAM November 19-20 Behind The Scenes Marie Sharpe

Welcome to our a new, semi-regular Weekend Arts Magazine series, Behind the Scenes.

When you go to the theater or the art gallery, when you buy a book or a movie ticket, listen to a cd or a concert, you see not only the work of the artist, but you also see the hard work of many people toiling in the shadows who help the artists achieve their vision.
They are carpenters and gaffers and publicists and administrators and engineers and lighting technicians and guys who hump gear or paint sets or print tee shirts or staple posters to telephone poles. But without them, you would not see or hear the working artist.

They are people like Marie Sharpe.

Marie Sharpe has been the Costume Designer and Wardrobe Manager at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s since 1974. Over this time she has created and catalogued a collection of over 25,000 costumes and accessories. As custodian of this enormous cultural resource, she has maintained the delicate balance between preserving and maintaining the collection, and making it available for amateur and professional theatre productions, and to the film and television communities as well. Anybody who needs to be somebody else for awhile!

Earlier this year, Marie Sharpe was recognized by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and presented with the 2010 Arts Achievement Award.

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WAM November 19-20 Breakout Productions

Breakout Productions is a new theatre company in St. John’s at Memorial University consisting of students in the 4401 Production class. The course gives students the opportunity to rehearse, publicize and mount a professional-calibre play, with the mentorship of local professionals.

This year, Class 4401 and Breakout productions present Tom Stoppard’s modern classic comedy, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead .

Professional Danielle Irvine directs the show, but student Darren Ivany produces it. Two of the stars are Petrina Bromley and Colin Furlong, who give us a taste of the show.

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November 19-20 on the Weekend Arts Magazine

Artist activist Liz Solo launches a new show about the real world and the virtual world, a meditation on reality. Andrew Draskoy hits the road bringing workshops to artists about establishing effective internet sites and creating positive media relations. Nicola Hawkins is creating giant artwork from junk … we’ll sift through her blue box. Maybe she can create something for the Kingsbrae Garden Sculpture competition? We’ll hear about that, too. Liner Notes features Ian Foster and his new cd, The Evening Light.

The Weekend Arts Magazine with Mack Furlong 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 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 visit CBC WAM on Facebook and join the conversation there; or call us at 576.5245, 1.877.576.5245 toll-free from anywhere.

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WAM November 12-13 Craft Council

The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador winds up its thirty-eighth annual Christmas fair today at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s.

But fear not, if you didn’t manage to get out to the fair, you can still do some shopping at the Craft Council … online! On Wednesday past, the Craft Council launched its latest initiative, an internet shop, and on Thursday morning, I spoke with the executive director of the council, Anne Manuel. I asked her to describe the store for us.

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WAM November 12-13 Peter Narvaez

Blues musician and educator Peter Narvaez passed away Friday morning after a struggle with cancer.

I first saw Peter Narvaez scramble onto stage in the Reid Theatre at Memorial University … gad, I don’t know when, 1974 I think. Someone presented a blues night at MUN - Peter Roberts was there, Jim Rillie and some others. Then Peter and his ball of unruly curly hair moved into the spotlight, clutching his guitar by the neck, his right hand decorated with finger picks. What followed beggared the imagination. He sounded like at least three people playing. And the songs. And the voice. Was this blues? Or Appalachian? Or jazz? Whatever it was, you could dance to it, too. Peter quickly became a part of the fabric of our community.

Many people knew Peter from his folklore and ethnomusicology work at Memorial. He taught at the Folklore department from 1974 until his retirement in 2005. Peter wrote serious treatises about humour at wakes and funerals, about fairies, about working people in mines and on the water. He taught about legend, and about Ron Hynes. Peter was one of the people responsible for bringing back to Newfoundland the recordings of Ted Russell and his Uncle Mose stories. He wrote about blues and rock ‘n’ roll and hispanic music and folk music.

Dr. Neil Rosenberg is a friend of Peter’s and is professor emeritus at the Folklore Department and, like Peter, Neil blends the life of an academic and a highly respected musician. He joins me on the line. Thank you, Neil. Let me tell you how deeply sad we are at the loss of your friend and colleague.

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WAM November 12-13 Jake Reid

Beatboxing, defined as form of vocal percussion primarily involving the art of producing drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using one’s mouth, lips, tongue, and voice.

Jake Reid is from O’Donel High in Mt. Pearl.

Jake is on his way to the Beat Box Canada championships, taking place tonight in Toronto.

I spoke with him on Thursday and asked him how he’d heard about the beat box championships.

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WAM November 12-13 Jim Payne and Fergus O'Byrne

Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne leave no school unstudied, no concert stage unplayed. Jim and Fergus have set out on a school tour of the south coast that sees them make stops in Milltown, Harbour Breton … oh, they’ll tell you in a moment.

They are also presenting concerts in selected communities while there.

It’s all part of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council’s School Touring Program.

Jim and Fergus joined me in the studio on Wednesday this week and I asked Jim to tell me about the attraction they feel to doing this kind of work.

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WAM November 5-6 Emily Fraser

Flutist Emily Fraser appears to be a musical force with which we should reckon! This past spring, she was the top award winner in her age group at the Regional Music Festival. She’s recently been invited to attend a special session at Memorial University’s Music School later this month. And on Thursday, Emily Fraser received notification from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Halifax that she is the 2011 Gold Medal winner for Grade 2 flute in Atlantic Canada. The gold medal reflects the fact that Emily scored the highest marks for practical examinations in flute in this region. She joins me on the line from her home in Gander.

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November 12-13 on the Weekend Arts Magazine

Jacob Reid, aka Trick Mode, is a grade 12 student at O’Donel High, but he won’t be doing any homework this weekend - he’s the only Newfoundlander and the only high school student competing at the Beatbox Canada Championships in Toronto - hear him roll out his stuff! Clarinettist Sean Rice is coming home for a visit, and he’s bringing his band with him - the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne are going on the road … or the water … the South Coast, in any event, for a school tour and some community concerts. We’ll check in with the Harmon Project on the West Coast and with piano tuners in Labrador. Graham Wells is the Liner Notes guest.

The Weekend Arts Magazine with Mack Furlong 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 www.cbc.ca/wam. Or follow @CBCWam on Twitter. 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 visit CBC WAM on Facebook and join the conversation there; or call us at 576.5245, 1.877.576.5245 toll-free from anywhere in the telephonic universe.

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WAM November 5-6 Chris Tonelli

This year’s Music Media and Culture Lecture series continues tomorrow night in St. John’s when musicologist Dr. Chris Tonelli presents Pastiche as Event: Theorizing Imitation in Recorded Popular Music.

Stretching from the days of roaming minstrels to the days of mashups on youtube, musicians have relied on their audiences to recognize their music as imitation.

Chris Tonelli joined me in the studio this week to talk about the talk.

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WAM November 5-6 Sybarite5

You may remember the occasion last March when I spoke with local violinist/violist Angela Pickett about her string quartet, Sybarite5, as they entered the Top Ten Billboard Classical chart.

Well that pales, my friends, in comparison to what just happened to Sybarite5 at the end of October.

Sybarite5 has just won the grand prize in the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, which is open to instrumentalists, singers and chamber ensembles performing classical and non-traditional repertoire.

I rang up Angela in New York City this week.

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WAM November 5-6 Adrian Norvid

Montreal-based artist Adrian Norvid was born in the UK and emigrated to Canada as a youngster. His work is a mix of hillbillies and louts who inhabit the fantastic realms he creates. Known for his tongue-in-cheek sense of humour and painstaking attention to detail, Adrian’s large scale drawings are saturated with imagery and patterns that break cultural and historical boundaries. His works bring together everything from 1960s psychedelic graphic design to Rococo ornamentation to food packaging.

Herr Krank doesn’t talk to the media, so I met Adrian next to the admittedly chic billboard to talk about the upcoming extravaganza.

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WAM November 5-6 on the Weekend Arts Magazine

Wilhelm Wurstfinger Krank performs The Cantankerous Krank at the Rooms next week - we’ll get a peek at what might be involved when Krankxpert Adrian Norvid accepts a visit. Billy & the Bruisers celebrate 20 years of rockin’ and rollin’ with a double decade gala featuring the Newfoundland and Labrador Youth Symphony Orchestra. Patrick Collins releases an historical novel about the St. Stephen’s Day religious riot of `83 … 1883. Liner Notes features the music and the resolve of Nicole Spencer.

The Weekend Arts Magazine with Mack Furlong 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 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 visit CBC WAM on Facebook and join the conversation there; or call us at 576.5245, 1.877.576.5245 toll-free from anywhere.

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