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December 2011 Archives

Weekend Arts Magazine Dec 31 Jan 1

Weekend AM is preempted with national programming on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day - have a grand time celebrating the coming of 2012!

The Weekend Arts Magazine with Mack Furlong airs from 6 to 9:30 island time - 5:30 to 9:00 in parts of Labrador - Saturday and Sunday morning 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 CBC Radio One button. Mack will join 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 visit CBCWAM 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 December 24 Kate Story

Kate Story both writes novels and works as a performance artist. Her debut novel, Blasted, received great reviews, and now she’s back with her sophomore effort, Wrecked Upon This Shore.

The story centres on Pearl, dying from cancer, and mother of Stephen. Stephen is one of the two voices we hear tell this story. The other voice is that of Mouse, a young girl who fell in love with Pearl when they were both teenagers.

I asked Kate to fill in some of the many blanks that I’ve just left and tell us what the book is about.

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WAM December 24 NL'rs in Oz

Located between the Brisbane Valley and Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the Woodford Folk Festival takes place in a rural valley surrounded by natural bushland with plenty of native wildlife and a superb view of the Glass House Mountains from the hill-top above the festival grounds. The festival is about an hour and a half drive north of Brisbane.

Yes, that Brisbane. Australia. And that’s a blurb from their website.

The festival takes place from Dec. 27 to Jan 1, with concerts at more than 35 venues in 20 genres - including workshops, movies, dance, circus, arts and crafts … and music in all sorts.

Shelley Chase is the manager of Garrison Hill Entertainment, the NL connection for the Woodford Folk Festival.

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December 24 on the Weekend Arts Magazine

We have a special treat for listeners on Saturday morning - Andy Jones and his tall Christmas tale, Jack and the Manger. We’ll feature the readings episodically throughout the morning, with the culmination in the last half hour. We’ll also hear about Christmas celebrations at the Moravian Church in Happy Valley Goose Bay. Kate Story talks about her most recent novel, Wrecked Upon This Shore. And Shelley Chase fills us in on all the Newfoundland and Labrador musicians attending this year’s Woodford Folk Festival … in Australia!

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 morning only this special weekend on CBC Radio 1. Our Sunday program will be national in origin.

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 CBC Radio One button. Mack will join you there!

Don’t forget to take part in our Christmas Singalong, you still have time. Ring us up at the number below and sing us your favourite Christmas Song before dawn on Christmas Eve! 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 Saturday for a prize of a Weekend AM tote bag jammed with goodies.

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 December 17-18 Books For Christmas

Best sellers, obscure poets, picture books, history … something to surf through, something to dig your teeth into … there are books for every person and for every interest.

Pat Parsons is the Manager of the Central Division Libraries and she lives in Gander. Pat always has an opinion about a book and is always willing to share that with us and to suggest what might be a good read for us. I phoned Pat this week and asked her what would be good as a Christmas gift.

Patricia Parsons, Manager of Central Division Libraries in Gander, has these book suggestions for your Christmas enjoyment!

Fiction: Death Comes to Pemberley - P.D. James The Virgin Cure - Ami McKay The Midwife of Venice - Roberta Rich Half Blood Blues - Esi Eduygan Sisters Brothers - Patrick deWitt Before I Go To Sleep - S. Watson ( awesome read !! ) The Reinvention of Love - Helen Humphries The Lady of The Rivers - Phillippa Gregory The Best Laid Plans - Terry Fallis

Non- Fiction: Room For All of Us - Adrienne Clarkson Who Killed Ty Conn - Linden McIntyre Black Ice - David Blackwood

Biographies: All the Things You Are- The Life of Tony Bennett - David Evanier Life - Keith Richards Nation Maker - Richard Gwyn

Kid’s Books - ( Young adult ) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever Guinness Book of World Records 2012 This Dark Endeavour - Kenneth Oppel Tilt - Alan Cumyn

Happy Christmas ! Happy Reading !

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WAM December 17-18 Music for Christmas

Most people like to give music for Christmas and many like to receive it. But what to get? Sometimes, you dread opening up that cd or dvd shaped present. So to get some idea of which way to go, I went to the pros. Gord O’Brien from O’Brien’s Music and Steve Hussey from Fred’s Records, both in St. John’s.

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WAM December 17-18 Susan MacDonald

Susan MacDonald has just released a science-fiction thriller for young adult readers, Edge of Time.

Edge of Time is set in the not-too-distant future, in a not unfamiliar place. But aliens are amidst us, as we are about to discover - some good, some bad.

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WAM December 17-18 Feast of Cohen

The sacred dozen, the Feast of Cohen approaches an anniversary of note! Vicky Hynnes will be by to talk all things Cohen.

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WAM Dec 3-4 John Southworth

John Southworth’s songs have been recorded by Sarah Slean, Martin Tielli, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Kim Barlow and Hawksley Workman.

After recording eight albums of his own over the past fifteen years, John Southworth is finally coming to Newfoundland for an appearance in St. John’s next weekend.

Mack Furlong spoke with John and asked him, “who are you, John Southworth?”

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WAM December 3-4 The Fountain

Last spring, a piece of art in Corner Brook got QUITE a bit of attention. The glass fountain at the Sir Richard Squires Building originally came from the Czechoslovakian pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal. It was the work of Bohumil Elias, a well-known Czech artist. The provincial government planned to dismantle the fountain and store it, because it said the fountain was in a state of disrepair. Some residents of Corner Brook lobbied to save the fountain, and either keep it where it is, or move it to a new location. The province relented, and the fountain was saved, but it’s now been completely surrounded with metal fencing and netting. Phil Robbins is one of the people who lobbied last spring to save the fountain. He’s now attending university in Montreal. He spoke with Bernice Hillier of the West Coast Morning Show from Corner Brook.

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Weekend AM on December 17-18

Celebrations for Christmas begin as early as Tibb’s Eve in the arts community - Ruth Lawrence speaks about a fund raiser for the St. John’s Women’s Centre that features a veritable who’s who of etc. Susan MacDonald has released a science-fiction novel for young readers, we’ll talk about Edge of Time. Dawn Baker’s picture book for even younger readers, A Newfoundland Christmas, is also just out, in time for the season. VOBB hits the airwaves in Bonne Bay, we’ll give it a one-time-only bump on Weekend AM! And rumour has it that Sean Panting is Man of the Year. That’s his new album, at any rate, and Sean will be the guest on Liner Notes.

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!

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.

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 December 10-11 Stephen Dunn

St. John’s native Stephen Dunn is studying film at Toronto’s Ryerson University. He’s in his final year, but even as a student, his work has been recognized by professionals in the industry.

Stephen is the youngest person ever selected for the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival’s Talent Lab where he won two of TIFF’s RBC International Emerging Filmmaker Awards for his film Swallowed.

But Stephen is near to graduating, and work has begun on his thesis film.

To help him score big on his final exam, he’s enlisted the aid of, wait for it, Gordon Pinsent. You think there’s a story here?

I heard about all this through modern technology. So, using ancient technology, I contacted Stephen.

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WAM December 10-11 Lori Lane-Balsom, Jacqueline Hyde and Zak Chaulk.

Three teachers from around the province receive recognition for their integration of art into their schools; I’ll talk with Lori Lane-Balsom, Jacqueline Hyde and Zak Chaulk.

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WAM December 10-11 Kaleigh Bradley S.K. Hutton Photos

Graduate student Kaleigh Bradley came to Labrador looking for tales of survival from the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic in Okak.

But she changed tack after seeing S.K. Hutton’s photographs at Them Days Magazine.

Hutton was a Moravian missionary who lived in Okak in the early 1900s.

And what Bradley found inspired her on to write an entire master’s thesis about Hutton’s album.

Bradley just graduated with a Masters in Public History from Carleton University.

Labrador Morning’s John Gaudi asked her about the hidden story she discovered at the archives of Them Days Magazine, what it was like flipping through hundred-year-old photo albums.

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WAM December 10-11 Nicole Spencer

You’ve heard Nicole Spencer on the Weekend Arts magazine in the past. She was my guest on Liner Notes in the Fall. We talked briefly then about her project Let Me Be Strong. Nicole wants women, men and children to combat physical, mental and sexual abuse, and to believe in themselves. She accomplishes this through her art - music and visual art.

Her latest encouragement is to the young reader. Nicole has just released a picture storybook, Snowshoe Bunny Makes Friends.

I spoke with Nicole this week and asked her about the narrative.

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WAM December 10-11 Dale Jarvis

Did you ever collect berries in a basket? Take your lunch to work in a basket? Carry your trout home in a basket?

Now the really important questions - do you still have that basket, and, did you make that basket?

Dale Jarvis is an Intangible Cultural Heritage development officer with the Heritage Foundation and has a keen interest in the traditions and crafts of the province that are in danger of disappearing.

Like basket-making.

I invited Dale into the studio this week and asked him why he’s looking for baskets and basket-makers.

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December 10-11 on The Weekend Arts Magazine

Kristin Harris Walsh helps Mack Furlong celebrate dance in Newfoundland and Labrador. Governor General Award winner Richard Greene talks about poetry and Boxing the Compass. Nicole Spencer tells her Christmas Bunny story. Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne celebrate Christmas with a new release on Liner Notes, A Lovely Time of Year.

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!

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.

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 December 3-4 Anthony Barton

This afternoon, the Leyton Gallery of Fine Art in St. John’s opens its seasonal exhibit New Works for Christmas with a reception from 3 to 5 o’clock.

The show features new work from the likes of Jennifer Barrett, Louise Sutton, Rhonda Pelley and more, and introduces new watercolours from Robert Sinclair.

As a special treat, the Leyton Gallery features the original illustrations from Anthony Barton’s new book for youth, Bat Rider, a science fiction fantasy for readers aged six to twelve. Anthony will be in the gallery this afternoon, too, talking about his book and signing copies for young readers.

Mack Furlong met Anthony in the gallery and asked him where all the characters come from, and Mack got more than he bargained for!

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WAM December 3-4 Marnie Parsons Alexis Templeton Isabella St. John's

Marnie Parsons operates Running the Goat Press from her basement in St. John’s. Potter Alexis Templeton has her studio in the East End and potter Isabella St. John’s runs Blue Moon Pottery from the Battery, at the mouth of St. John’s Harbour.

All three are friends, and all three thought that this Christmas, serving much of the same clientele, they should promote themselves amongst themselves!

Mack Furlong visited with all three at Marnie Parsons’s printshop as they plotted and planned their Christmas program.

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WAM December 3-4 Above The Bustle

Resource Centre for the Arts Theatre Company is always looking for ways to celebrate, and Christmas brings along the regular “let’s-get-together-for-a-glass-of-cheer” occasion.

And they’ll do that, in a couple of weeks.

But a highlight of their regular seasonal social is the announcement of the yearly winner of the Christmas monologue Writing contest. Previous winners have come from St. John’s, Mt. Pearl, Placentia, Gander and the Northern Peninsula.

Nicole Rousseau is the Artistic Associate with RCA, and Mack Furlong visited with her this week to find out about the party and the contest.

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WAM December 3-4 Anita Best

Wass up with wassail [WASS-ul]? It’s a new “tradition” in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Folk Arts Society is doing all it can to ensure we celebrate something absolutely all the time!

Anita Best is not only one of our most treasured singers and a member of the Order of Canada, she is also president of the Folk Arts Society and will be one of the performers at the Holiday Wassail 2011 taking place in St. John’s next Sunday.

Weekend Arts Magazine host Mack Furlong spoke with Anita by phone this week.

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