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April 2012 Archives

WAM April 28-29 Framed

This year, the focus of the camp is on zombies. More on that in a moment. And for the first time, Framed is moving outside St. John’s and heading to the West Coast, to Corner Brook and Stephenville.

With partnership involvement and support from the College of the North Atlantic, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College and the Nfld and Lab Film development corporation, Jana Gillis and seven other post-secondary students will film a script by Jana, who is a past winner of the Rant Like Rick contest. Jackie Hynes from the Women’s Filem Festival will serve as mentor to the group.

I spoke with Jana and Jackie this week and began by asking Jackie to tell us about Framed.

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WAM April 28-29 Arts Council Cuts

The provincial budget came down this week, and some members of the arts community are concerned that promises have not been kept. We’ll have a panel to discuss the topic in the last half hour of today’s Weekend AM.

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WAM April 28-29 Liner Notes Pilot to Bombadier

Today’s Liner Notes guest has turned a solo passion into a gathering of some of the city’s hottest musicians to help on his debut CD,”Juliet on Fire Keep Clear”.

“Pilot to Bombardier” is Bryan Power’s solo project. He likes it that way. It gives him total control. In fact he’s heading out on a solo European Tour followed by a road trip though Eastern Canada.

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WAM April 28-29 Douglas Hunter

Douglas Hunter is a writer with an interest in discovery and the people who set out to find things and places, and why they set out to find those things and places. In the past, Douglas has written about Henry Hudson in Half Moon: Henry Hudson and the Voyage that Redrew the Map of the New World and about what drives people to seek the unknown in God’s Mercies: Rivalry, Betrayal, and the Dream of Discovery.

His latest book is The Race to the New World: Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and a Lost History of Discovery.

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April 28-29 on The Weekend Arts Magazine

Writer Douglas Hunter publishes much new material supplementing and modifying our understanding of John Cabot and his race to the New Founde Lande in The Race to the New World - Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and a Lost History of Discovery. Shirley Montague tells a different story, about the Tales, Trails and Tunes Festival coming to the West Coast this summer. Visual artist Michael Gough talks about his new show of mixed-media work, From the Beginning. Liner Notes features music from Pilot to Bombardier’s new recording, Juliet on Fire Keep Clear.

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 April 21-22 National Youth Choir

Every two years, four choral singers - a soprano, alto, tenor and bass - representing each of the Canadian provinces, meet at a national convention to be a part of a National Youth Choir. The singers are chosen through a rigorous audition process.

This year, all forty or so singers meet in Ottawa where they will receive workshops and take part in rehearsals with the internationally renowned conductor of Tafelmusik, Ivars Taurins, before they go on a short tour as the National Youth Choir.

Two of the successful local singers joined me in the studio this week - bass Anthony Payne and alto Teri Slade - to talk about the upcoming experience. Douglas Dunsmore, the chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador auditions committee also sat in.

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WAM April 21-22 The Drowning Girls

RCA Theatre presents a new production of the award-winning play The Drowning Girls, written by Beth Graham, Daniela Vlaskalic and Charlie Tomlinson.

In the play, three women recount how they’ve been wooed, wed, insured and then dead, known as victims in the “Brides in the Bath” murders.

I visited the LSPU Hall this week during a rehearsal and spoke with Charlie, who also directs this production, about The Drowning Girls, and I asked Charlie how the play came into being.

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WAM April 21-22 Liner Notes Joanna Barker

Everyone in the music know are saying that Grand Falls -Windsor musician Joanna Barker, “is the one to watch”. With the recent release of her debut CD,” February”, Joanna has been all over the music media map.

She has garnered air time here on CBC Radio. Lots of ink in lots of local papers has been “singing” her praises. And believe it or not the twenty something musician has only been on the local music scene literally for months.

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April 21-22 on The Weekend Arts Magazine

It’s visual arts time on the show! A new exhibit from David Kaarsemaker! New work from new artists Stephen Reynolds, Erin St. John at Jesse Walker’s new gallery! Oh … wait … there’s poetry, too - David Benson talking about Seamus Heaney! Indie publishers in town for Lawnya Vawnya talk about the hurdles and the opportunities of small businesses in poetry! Stop me … I have dancers on the show, too - a flash mob of them! Did I mention theatre? The Drowning Girls splash around on the radio! But wait, act now, and you’ll get Joanna Barker on Liner Notes with her new cd February!

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 April 14-15 Terry Hynes

Life can take us on some meandering journeys. One day you’re on top of the world. Retired, and finally steeped in that project you’d been picking at for years. Then you find yourself on the precipice, clinging to life. That’s the path Terry Hynes has travelled in the last year. At the end of his miraculous recovery, Tudor’s Dark Legacy, Terry’s first book was born. In this novel, Terry traces the infamous commander of the Black and Tans paramilitary organization, Henry Tudor. In real life Tudor fled almost certain assassination in Ireland and the IRA tracked him down to here, to Newfoundland. In Tudor’s Dark Legacy a cast of fictional charatcers follow him as well. The whole matter concludes in Newfoundland a quarter of a century later. Terry Hynes dropped by our studio this week to talk about his book. And how close he was to never finishing it.

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WAM April 14-15 Robert Chafe

It’s safe to say that Lanier Phillips’ life had two distinct chapters. Before St. Lawrence. And after St. lawrence. His story that has become part of us. A man shipwrecked in a winter storm off the coast of Newfoundland forty years ago. A black man whose relationship to white people had been built on the subservience they were subjected to in 1940’s America. Last winter Artistic Fraud Theatre group turned the Lanier Phillips story into a play that delighted and moved audiences at the LSPU Hall. Now the play is set to open in Toronto next week. I caught up with playwright Robert Chafe in rehearsals there.

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WAM April 14-15 Liner Notes At Ships End

Time now for Liner Notes….. And today’s guests musical inspiration comes from the classical strains to the pounding punk beat.

“At Ship’s End” are six capital city young musicians who are filling big venue’s with origional music that keeps thier growing fand base coming back for more. They have also shared a stage with national headliners likeThe Dropkick Murphys, Joel Plaskett Emergency, and The Stanfields,

As band mates Adam Hunt and Julia Bowdring are getting ready in our Liner Notes studio for a chat with host Mack Furlong, here’s,’ At Ships End with,” Cold Black Heart”.

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April 14-15 On The Weekend Arts Magazine

It’s ECMA weekend in Moncton, and we’ll track artists from this province. Friends come together to help out fellow musician, John Barela. Artistic fraud’s Robert Chafe will be by to talk about the Toronto opening of the play Oil and Water, based on the life of the late Lanier Phillips. Writer Don Downer will chat about his new book based on the true story of his Fogo-born uncle who settled in Patagonia after being shipwrecked. And, anniversary coverage of the Titanic sinking, including a rare find from the diary of Newfoundland merchant James Ryan on that day.

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WAM April 7 Linden MacIntyre

Linden will be in St. John’s next week as the final reader in the E. J. Pratt Visiting author’s series at Memorial University.

In this new book, MacIntyre tells the story through the voice of a woman - Effie MacAskill Gillis. A woman married three times, taken advantage of by husbands, relations and friends. A woman who thinks that now, in middle age, she is self-sufficient enough to live and prosper alone. Then she finds a man she thinks, finally, she can trust. Or trust just enough.

I spoke with Linden MacIntyre and asked him to imagine that we’d just run into each other at a cocktail party and what he’d say when I said I wanted a thumbnail sketch of his new book, Why Men Lie.

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WAM April 7 Virignia Eichhorn

Thomson’s paintings influenced the Group of Seven and the exploration of Canadian identity through the ruggedness of the landscape in a distinctive painting style. His untimely death in 1917 generated many stories, sometimes factual other times not, that culminated in a legendary mystery. Although we do have access to his works, some letters and factual information, to this day, Tom Thomson remains mostly elusive to most historians. The Rooms is also hosting an event to go with the exhibit: An Evening of Tom Thomson, a Lecture accompanied by a film on Wednesday, April 13, at 7pm.

Virginia Eichhorn, Director Curator of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, will deliver the talk on Thomson and I spoke with her this week from Owen Sound. I asked her to tell me about Tom Thomson, the man.

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WAM April 7 Monica Kidd

You may remember Monica Kidd for her stint as a reporter here at CBC, especially for her keen scientific reporting, for which she received official recognition from scientific advocacy groups in Canada.

You may also know Monica as an adventurer, or as a mother, or you may be one of her patients - Monica is a doctor.

But Monica is also well-known as a poet. Next week, she launches her latest collection of poems, Handfuls of Bone, and I spoke with Monica recently in the studio.

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April 7 on the Weekend Arts Magazine

Poet Robin Durnford launches her new collection A Lovely Gutting in Corner Brook this coming week and poet Monica Kidd launches her new collection Handfuls of Bone in St. John’s - they’ll both be on the show. Actor Linda Boyd is the adjudicator for this year’s Provincial Drama Festival being held in St. John’s, she’ll talk about what she expects from from the five groups participating in the Festival. We’ll hear from them, too. Tom Thomson finally comes to the Rooms and Virginia Veichhorn will be presenting a lecture on the artist, his work and why he means no much to us; she’ll give you an idea about what that talk will contain. No Liner Notes this week, and no show on Sunday as national programming will be presented on Easter Sunday.

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WAM March 31- April 1 Beverly Barbour

The Anna Templeton Centre for Craft, Art and Design is in need of a few young craftspeople.

The Centre has put out the call for applications from young crafters to take part in an incubation program that will be housed in a brand new 4600 square foot facility in Quidi Vidi Village in St. John’s.

Beverly Barbour is the executive director of Anna Templeton and joins me in the studio this morning. Welcome back to the Weekend Arts magazine, Beverly.

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WAM March 31- April 1 Angela Antle

Angela Antle is the host producer of this program, the Weekend Arts Magazine, and I’ve been fielding questions about what she is up to ever since I took over this chair last April.

Angela has taken a year’s leave to work on a reality television series, Majumder Manor. It will be a 12-part documentary on the W network this spring.

But Angela received even more amazing news recently when she was invited to the Cannes Film Festival’s television wing as part of MIPformats, billed as “an international pitching event for companies with innovative concepts for new, non-scripted entertainment formats.”

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WAM March 31-April 1 George Murray

George Murray is one of Canada’s most highly regarded young poets. He follows the success of his fifth collection - Glimpse - Selected Aphorisms - with his latest collection, Whiteout.

George had a little trouble with the book shipment for this week’s launch - the package arrived and sat on his doorstep through a rain storm last week!

But George says all the books are fine now - the water has been pressed out and these copies of Whiteout will be collector’s items!

I spoke with George on Thursday and our conversation began with chat about the launch of Whiteout and the difference between it and Glimpse, a much lighter book.

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