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January 2012 Archives

Trudy Morgan-Cole: That Forgettful Shore

Trudy Morgan-Cole is an award winning writer and teacher. Her writing generally falls in the historical fiction category, and her new work, That Forgetful Shore, certainly meets all the requirements - set at the turn of the last century, it involves two great friends, the children of their friends, the Great War and its impact on a small Newfoundland community, and how these friends grow apart, grow up, and grow together again.                        

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WAM January 28-29 Kerri Cull

Book Fridge is a blog about all things books - like, librarian’s tattoos, or what book Alison Pick wished she’d written - or their new project, Newfoundland Reads, where you get to choose the book from this province that everybody should dive into.

Kerri Cull is the writer of Book Fridge, she lives in Labrador City.

I called Kerri this week and asked her to describe Book Fridge for us.

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WAM January 28-29 Telefilm

Telefilm Canada, one of the crucial funding agencies for films made in this country, is coming to St. John’s on Monday for what they’re billing as a client consultation / information meeting.

Telefilm says the meetings will outline changes in their programs that have come about through other regular meetings with stakeholders in the country’s film industry.

Dave Forget is a Director of Business Affairs and certification for Telefilm Canada, he is one of the representatives who will be presenting at Monday night’s meeting. I called him earlier this week and asked him what Telefilm will be doing in St. John’s.

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January 28-29 On The Weekend Arts Magazine

Kerri Cull talks about running a book blog from Labrador; Jeff Pitcher looks for actors, musicians and performers of all sorts for next year’s TNL Gros Morne season; Waub Rice talks about Aboriginal Literature, its past and its future; Elling Lien and the Scope want to hear your February RPM recordings; plus Liner Notes features Sherry Ryan with her recent cd, Sister of Mine.

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 CBC Radio One button. I’ll be 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 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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The Newfound Music Festival

The ninth annual Newfound Music Festival begins Thursday at the School of Music.  Mack speaks with Clark Ross, composer, professor, and the driving force behind the Festival, and by Krista Vincent, a pianist who is among this year's featured performers.    

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Poet John Ennis/Sparks Literary Festival

Mack speaks with renowned poet John Ennis, who is a guest at this year's Sparks Literary Festival.
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Video artist Andrea Cooper

Andrea Cooper is an internationally-known video artist from Newfoundland. Her work has been exhibited across Canada from Vancouver to St. John's. She has had work premiered twice now at the Berlin International Film Festival's Forum Expanded, in 2007 and 2010, as well as in Antwerp, Belgium.

Andrea uses non-conventional narrative and performance in her work - you may remember the 70' women from her film Starring Part 2."

Andrea opens a new installation in about ten days in Toronto. Mack speaks with her about her art, her career and her new show.

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January 21-22 on the Weekend Arts Magazine

It’s 200 years since the Brothers Grimm published their celebrated fairy tales. The brothers and their stories are brought to life in a new show featuring St. John’s performers Dale Jarvis and Delf Maria Hohmann. A collection of essays by the late Peter Narvaez represents a lifetime of work in folklore and popular culture in Newfoundland. We’ll talk to Neil Rosenberg, who wrote the introduction for the book. In the Sunday morning Liner Notes slot, Mack welcomes the Twillingate duo Ada and Barry with their album “A Song for You.”

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A new (old!) Newfoundland song

Host Mack Furlong speaks with Chris O’Dea about how he came to learn about a song from Australia that appears to have very old Newfoundland roots.

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2 Square Feet

Long-time members of the CBC Radio and TV audience will know the name, voice and face of Jeanne Beker from the time she spent here; a generation of MuchMusic watchers will remember her, too, from The New Music. People who tune in CTV’s Fashion Television will know Jeanne as the host of that program.

Soon, fans of Ruth Lawrence will know Jeanne Beker as the star of Ruth’s new short film, 2 Square Feet. Ruth won this year’s RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award for the script and she is in production this weekend.

Mack Furlong spoke with Jeanne and Ruth.

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Sparks Literary Festival

The Third Sparks Literary Festival takes place next Sunday on the St. John’s campus of Memorial University. It is an opportunity for readers to meet writers, to hear them read from their own work, and for emerging writers to meet experienced writers and publishers. Mack Furlong speaks with Mary Dalton, the festival’s director.

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WAM January 14-15 Aiden Flynn

The province’s Arts and Culture Centres are in readiness for the coming winter spring season. Music, art, poetry, dance, theatre … they are all on the way to you.

Aiden Flynn is responsible for programming and partnerships for the Centres across Newfoundland and Labrador, and he has some interesting news for all art and culture fans.

Aiden joined me in the studio this week and I asked him what the upcoming season at your local Arts and Culture Centre looks like.

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WAM January 14-15 Sara Tilley

Sara Tilley and She Said Yes Theatre have been a force in our province’s artistic community for, oh, let me consult the calendar … ten years!

Sara is a writer, actor and clown. She’s won both the Percy Janes First Novel Award and the Rhonda Payne Theatre Award. She is one of the few qualified Pochinko Clown Through Mask instructors in the world.

Last week, I spoke with Sara about an upcoming workshop she is presenting on the Neutral Mask. You can hear that interview on our website, cbc.ca/wam. The mask workshop is only one celebration of ten years activity on the theatre scene. Today, Sara and I talk about She Said Yes and the other special events she will celebrate the decade of work.

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January 14-15 on Weekend Arts Magazine

Some of the stories we’re presenting this week - Sara Tilley returns to Weekend AM and outlines the 10th anniversary celebrations of She Said Yes! Theatre. Mary Dalton sparks your interest in the Sparks Literary Festival. Jeanne Beker returns to Newfoundland and Labrador, but fashion isn’t on her mind … a starring role in Ruth Lawrence’s new film is! A new show opens at Eastern Edge in St. John’s, I’ll talk with Melanie Colosimo and John Hampton. The Department of Education sees the value of Cultural Connections - visual art in our schools gets another push, Minister Clyde Jackman will be here. Plus a new old Newfoundland song returns to the province from Texas via Australia - you’ll hear Aqua Fjord (sic). My guests on Liner Notes are Evry7th. 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 CBC Radio One button. I’ll be 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 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 January 7-8 Tom Dawe

Tom Dawe enjoys a rich life as an educator, a mentor, a poet, an author of children’s books, a visual artist and he’s even written dramatic works.

Tom has won all the awards in Newfoundland and Labrador. This past December, Tom was made a member of the Order of Canada. And on Wednesday evening, he received the 2011 Heritage and history book Award for Where Genesis Begins, a collection of Tom’s poems that are paired with artworks from Gerry Squires.

I spoke with Tom Dawe on Friday.

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WAM January 7-8 Donna Butt

Rising Tide Theatre’s annual revue has become a signifier, like the solstice, that one year has turned into another.

Donna Butt and her crew of writers, actors, musicians and crew will embark on a province-wide tour of their fond look back at 2011 in just a couple of weeks. I called Donna in Trinity on Friday and asked her what the theme for Revue 2011 is.

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WAM January 7-8 Is The CD Dead

Soundscan and Neilsen and all manner of musical retail surveys say “album” sales are up, but compact disc sales are down - you get your music electronically from your computer, as downloads. But then it goes on an MP3 player and through little ear buds … the quality is just not the same.

Will we as consumers accept the poor quality downloads or will we demand sonic fidelity? And if so, will the music be delivered on a compact disc? Is the cd dead?

Robert Buck is the manager for the Newfoundland office of Music Manufacturing Services and John Gushue keeps track of all the modern internet and technical advances.

I gathered them in the studio to talk about the future of compact discs.

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WAM January 7-8 Nick Kokis

Nick Kokis is a visual artist living and working in St. John’s.

But Nick’s most recent public exposure comes out of Montreal. Nick has created twelve profiles of members of the Fauna family.

The Fauna Foundation is a chimpanzee refuge based in Montreal, created by Gloria Grow and Dr. Richard Allan. And Nick’s twelve portraits grace the twelve months of Fauna’s 2012 calendar. But there are not only chimps on these pages, but also pigs, dogs, llamas and more.

I spoke with Nick yesterday and asked him about the Fauna foundation and how he found out about it.

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WAM January 7-8 Sara Tilley

Sara Tilley is a theatre artist, writer, actor and clown. She’s won both the Percy Janes First Novel Award and the Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers for her novel Skin Room. It was shortlisted for the Winterset Award and the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize.

Sara has won the Rhonda Payne Theatre Award and she is one of the few qualified Pochinko Clown Through Mask instructors in the world.

Sara founded her own theatre company, She Said Yes, in 2002 and celebrates the first decade of that company this year.

One of the celebrations is the presentation of a Neutral Mask workshop this year during the annual Women’s Work Festival, held in February. I spoke with Sara about the workshop this week and began by asking her what neutral mask is.

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WAM January 7-8 Mike Connolloy

St. Michael’s Print Shop has been a mainstay in not only our provincial arts scene but it also enjoys a fine reputation across the country and around the world.

Established in the community of St. Michael’s in the `70’s, the artist-run, not-for-profit studio offers professional facilities for both established and emerging artists.

And St. Michael’s wants to show off! They are presenting a series of “Open Print Days” where you can drop by the studio, see how prints are made, and even try your hand at some of the techniques. Their initial event is today, it is Lithography Day!

Mike Connolloy is the director of St. Michael’s, and he’s also a lithographer - which makes lithography day a natural for him.

I visited the print shop this week and asked Mike first to describe lithography.

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Jan 7-8 on the Weekend Arts Magazine

Swing into the new year with Weekend AM! It’s time to take that course in Neural Mask that you promised yourself in your `12 resos! Mask-ateer Sara Tilley will convince you to join in. Plus Mike Connolly wants you to see what stone lithography can do for you and your art. St. Michael’s Printshop is holding a Lithography Day this weekend. Plus, is the cd dead? And you can phone us on Sunday morning and tell us what you liked, or didn’t like, about the arts and cultural scene in the province in 2011, and what you are hoping you’ll see/hear/read/experience in 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 - 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 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 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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