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March 2012 Archives

WAM March 31- April 1 Jillian Keiley

Creator and director of some of the most original, influential and popular theatre in the province over the past twenty years [that’s a trick, being all three of those, I’ll tell you!], founder of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland in 1995, winner of the prestigious Siminovich Prize in 2004, recipient of the John Hirsch Prize and an honorary doctor of letters, Jillian Keiley stands poised to take over theatre in Canada!

Or at least Ottawa, because this past week, Jillian Keiley became the country’s newest director of English Theatre at the National Arts Centre there.

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WAM March 31- April 1 Operation Homespun

Operation Homespun - the next Generation, an exhibition of contemporary knitting, opened at the Craft Council Gallery in St. John’s last weekend.

You’ll remember we helped get out the call for knitters to take up Anna Templeton’s traditional knitting pattern book and put a 2012 twist on anything they found in there.

Well, the results were overwhelming and the group show that was born from that competition proves the point - knitting rocks!

There are gloves and mittens, yes, but not like your grandmother’s or grandfather’s. There are scarves and sweaters, yes, but modern and trendy. There are even works in the show that were inspired by the book but that never saw the back of a sheep or heard the clack of a knitting needle.

Shirley Scott was one of the curators of the show, a well-known knitter in her own right. I visited the gallery this week and spoke with Shirley about Operation Homespun. I began by asking her about the response to the call for pieces.

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WAM March 31- April 1 Liner Notes Kellie Loder

Well today is the day for Kellie Loder…in fact it’s a very big day!!!

Kellie will be front and center tonight when the Juno awards happen in Ottawa. And she will be holding her breath when they announce the winner in the Contemporary/Christian/Gospel catagory.

You see Kellie has been nominated in that catagory for her work on her second independent CD release,” Imperfections & Directions”. This is pretty heady stuff considering that Kelly is only 23 and her musical background began in the central community of Badger and her families involvement in their church.

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March 31-April 1 On the Weekend Arts Magazine

Where else would you hear Beni Malone and his daughter Annahareo talk about the wonderful family life a circus presents? Where else to hear Gaylene Buckle of Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador get giddy about the continuing success of Tempting Providence? Where would you hear George Murray talk about and read from his latest collection of poetry, Whiteout? Where else would you hear about Operation Homespun, a new exhibit of contemporary knitting from the next generation of knitters? And, added bonus, on JUNO weekend, where else would you get to hear Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the year JUNO-nominee Kellie Loder on Liner Notes? Nowhere else, that’s where! Come on, weekend!

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’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 March 24-25 Don McKay

Don McKay was announced as the winner of this year’s Winterset Award at a ceremony in Government House in St. John’s on Thursday. Mack speaks with Don in the WAM studio.

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WAM March 24-25 Paul Moxon

What with your desktop printer, or your telephone texting service, it might seem that letterpresses might be a thing of the past. Old technology, consigned to the trash heap of etc. But in reality, letterpresses, the hands-on technology of choosing your font, setting your type and turning a few cranks to create your business card, invitation, chapbook, poster or collection of recipes, is experiencing a renaissance.

One of the people leading the charge is Paul Moxon, a master printer from the USA who is an expert on the Vandercook press, a machine once considered passé.

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WAM March 24-25 Liner Notes Baytown

Three young guys on skate boards under the warm summer sun doing boggers in a Conception Bay Skate Park. Does it get any better than that?? But then they relalize they have another passion…..music.

Matt Cooke, James Lee Wright and Mike Dinn put down their skateboards and picked up a few musical instruments. Now, calling themselves,’ Baytown” they find themselves under the warm glow of the spot light performing origional music for a capative audience.

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March 24-25 on The Weekend Arts Magazine

Engine Productions wants to change the way you see theatre and the place you see it, Laura Huckle talks about The Shape of Things. Poet Mark Callanan is off to Toronto to do battle with other bards in competition for one great prize. The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador turns 40 this year and they are celebrating all year long - their Capturing Craft Photo Contest is just one their party events and they want you to join in. The BMO Winterset Award winner is announced and that lucky scribe will be along to talk about what this honour means. Kelly Hill of Hill Strategies Research has some information on how people in this province take part in the arts, culture and heritage activities available to us. Liner Notes features Baytown and their cd Two Places.

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’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 March 17-18 Remix 86

A blog about Electronic Dance Music is the latest award-winning effort from this province.  Mack speaks with bloggers Hot Biscuit and Lance Wicks.

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WAM March 17-18 Dana Cox

Almost two years ago, Dana Cox, the young mother of three children, discovered she had developed breast cancer.

Much of the story that follows is one familiar to us - denial, rage, treatment, change in lifestyle, concerns about family, more treatment, and tests tests tests.

That’s Dana’s story, too. But Dana did something the rest of us might not have thought to do. She wrote a song about it, No Time For You. And the song has become quite a story.

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WAM March 17-18 Clifford George

Presence of Absence documents rural Newfoundland in a series of over 70 paintings and drawings that have been selected from the travelling journals and field sketchbooks of painter Clifford George. The work in the exhibition intimately captures an artist’s personal observation of a cultural life and a sense of place.

I visited with Cliff in the gallery on Thursday as he and Christina Parker were hanging the show and asked him why he called this collection Presence of Absence.

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March 17-18 Liner Notes Jim Fidler

And today we’re taking a trip “Up That River” with our very own Jim Fidler.

Though classically trained at the Maritime Conservatory of Music In Halifax, Jim’s musical taste’s quickly moved to reggae, traditional and world music. Jim has been performing for live audiences for over thirty years and in that time he has spread his musical talents to include producing, engineering and writing music for himself and musical friends alike.

His recording studio,” The Roots Cellar” located in St. John’s has churned out music that has found a home in the four corners of the world.

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Weekend Arts Magazine on March 17-18

Yes, yes, yes … we’ll be playing some Irish music on St. Patrick’s Day, but don’t expect Danny Boy! Chris Brookes will tell you about 2 Irish assassins assigned the task of terminating a British general hiding in St. John’s. Keith Pike tells you about a different British Invasion - the musical kind! Speaking of musicals, Holy Heart High gets into the Disney mood with their production of My Son Pinocchio, director John Rao talks up the value of music in education. Trinity Bay artist Cliff George opens a new exhibit at the Christina Parker Gallery, you’ll hear about that. Liner Notes features the new disc from Jim Fidler, Up That River.

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’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 March 10-11 Greg Gale

Corner Brook actor Greg Gale studied at the National Theatre School in Montreal, received the 2005 Hnatyshyn Foundation's Developing Artist Grant given annually to one young artist in Canada who shows special promise and talent in their area of study, and has begun to establish himself as a stage actor who will catch your eye.

Greg caught the eye of Architect Theatre in Toronto and became an integral part and one of the stars of their successful show Highway 63: The Fort Mac Story.

Mack reached Greg this week and asked him to tell us the story of Highway 63.

 

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WAM March 10-11 Kerri Cull

Kerri Cull hails from the west coast and lives in Labrador, where she runs the book blog, Book Fridge. Kerri is an about-to-be-published poet.  Her collection, Soak, just arrived on Mack's desk.  He asked her to describe her book for us.
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WAM March 10-11 Veselina Tomova

Veselina Tomova is a well known print maker, illustrator and graphic designer. Her work has been recognized internationally and she is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, one of the most recent being the Large Year Award, presented to her in 2011 by VANL-CARFAC.  The Large Year celebrates a visual artist who has enjoyed an exceptional year, with at least one exhibition and critical recognition.

Mack speaks with Veselina about the show in Sofia but begins by asking her what it was like to leave this home to visit that home.

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WAM March 10-11 Janna Rosales

TEDxFortTownshend is that independent event in St. John’s. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, their event will address the topic of “Re-imagining Citizenship in the 21st Century.” TEDxFort Townshend takes place tomorrow at The Johnson Geo Centre.

Janna Rosales works at the intersection of the sciences and humanities. She is one of the organizers of TEDxFort Townshend, and she is also one of the presenters.

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WAM March 101-11 Liner Notes Brothers Lloyd

Your local record store probably has,” The Brother Lloyd” listed under local alternative. However talking to the two sets of brothers and a best friend, they’ll tell you that their influences range from Jack White to old time country to Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellows.

The Brothers Lloyd have definitley paid their dues during the early days of bad P.A.’s and being robbed both at work and at home.

However the Brothers Lloyd made musical lemon aid from all those lemons and released thier self-titled CD.

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March 10-11 on Weekend Arts Magazine

Visual artist Veselina Tomova has two homes, we’ll hear about her visit to the European one for a show at the National Gallery for Foreign Art in Bulgaria. Poet Patrick Warner plays a part in a national celebration of Irving Layton’s 100th birthday next week. Actor Greg Gale comes back to the province in a highly regarded play about life in Fort McMurray, Highway 63. TEDx comes to St. John’s and we’ll plumb the excitement surrounding technology, entertainment and design, Newfoundland style, with Janna Rosales. Poet and blogger Kerri Cull releases her first collection of work, she’ll talk about Soak. Brothers Lloyd receives the Liner Notes treatment.

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’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 March 3-4 Till We Meet Again

Award-winning filmmaker Nigel Markham is known for work that focusses on the North - Last Days of Okak, and Eye of the Storm, for instance, films that serve as portraits of the Inuit in Labrador, their lives, traditions and beliefs.

Nigel is back with a new documentary, Till We Meet Again: Moravian Music in Labrador, about the unique musical tradition of the Inuit.

Nigel investigated this remarkable tradition with the assistance and collaboration of Tom Gordon,Tim Borlase, the Nunatsiavut Government and the Moravian Church. And they also took along Kellie Walsh’s vocal ensemble, Innismara.

I invited Tom into the studio and we got Nigel on the phone and we chatted about Till We Meet Again. I began by asking Nigel where the idea for the film came from.

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WAM March 3-4 Art With A Heart

It looked like the place had been firebombed. In May this past year, Slave Lake, Alberta, was devastated by wild fires that struck so quickly people were lucky to escape with their lives. And in many instances, that’s all they had. Homes, belongings, memories were all wiped out in one horrendous stroke. Hundreds of people were left homeless.

The Slave Lake arts community has discovered a way to bring hope and healing to the families who will stay. They know the value of art in people’s lives, that it can be a balm and a curative.

Nicola Ramsey is the lead co-ordinator of the project, and I spoke with her this week from Slave Lake, Alberta.

I asked her where Art with a Heart comes from.

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WAM March 3-4 Boxing Girls of Kabul

We’ve all heard the story on the news, young women in Afghanistan train to be boxers, in a stadium where women were once stoned to death.

Now we have the opportunity to see the documentary that’s causing a sensation. It’s part of the St. John’s Women’s International Film Festival’s series Scene and Heard,

I spoke with director of the film, Ariel Nasr, and asked him about the story of The Boxing Girls of Kabul.

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WAM March 3-4 Taking Root Robert Hong

Newfoundland was not always the place of their dreams and hopes. The Chinese community was met with racism and hostility, not to mention the onerous and odious $300 head tax levied by the Newfoundland government. $300 at the time was equivalent to three years salary.

The NL Headtax Redress Organization celebrates these lives and these people with a new exhibit at the Centre for Newfoundland Studies in the Queen Elizabeth II library on the St. John’s campus of Memorial University, Taking Root: Chinese Immigrants and their Families in Newfoundland, 1895 to 1970’s - Work, Family and Community.

Robert Hong is one of the creators of the exhibit and I visited him and it at CNS this week and I asked Bob to tell me about Taking Root.

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WAM March 3-4 Liner Notes: Michael McDonald

Everything that Michael McDonald does, he gives it a musical theme. His latest gig is as a boat captain at Gros Morne. So no problem he just recorded a solo CD,”The Left Coast” to help put his passengers in a sea faring mood.

That seems to be the theme in Michaels life…music.

Just over twenty years ago he formed the band,”Catch” with his brother Louis. Now the brothers operate McDonald Brothers Audio in Deer Lake.

It’s no wonder that Michael’s musical theme is always only a ,’Wish Away”.

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March 3-4 on the Weekend Arts Magazine

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.

Randall Maggs helps us follow the spoor of the March Hare as it hops from Toronto to Halifax and across the island to Corner Brook. In Grand Falls-Winsor, Andrew Danson opens an exhibit of photographs he took in China, Europe and Newfoundland. Robert Hong talks about Taking Root: Chinese immigrants and their families in Newfoundland, a new cultural exhibit at Memorial University in St. John’s. A new documentary film will receive its world premiere in Nain next week, filmmaker Nigel Markham and researcher Tom Gordon explain the project. Mike McDonald appears on Liner Notes.

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’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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