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May 2012 Archives

May 26-27 Tina Dolter

Tina Dolter got quite a surprise recently. One of her paintings is off to Italy for a portrait exhibition there. She'll tell us how all that came about.

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WAM May 26-27 Crystal Rose/Copyrights

Librarans across the province are opposing a new copyright agreement Memorial University is considering signing. They say it will restrict research and be an invasion of privacy. Crystal Rose is president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Libraries Association.

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WAM May 26-27 Donna Butt On EI Changes

Donna Butt of Rising Tide Theatre says the EI system has problems, but new reforms to the program will be a step backward for the province's growing theatre scene.

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WAM May 26-27 EVA Awards pt.2 - Jordan Benett and Phillippa Jones.

Chris speaks with award winners Jordan Bennett and Phillippa Jones.

 

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WAM May 26-27 EVA Awards pt.1 - Mary Pratt

She says it's the only thing she's good at.  Well, if you're as good at that one thing as Mary Pratt is, one thing may be just enough.  Last night at the Excellence in Visual Arts Awards at the Rooms, the Society of Canadian Artists reinforced to Mary Pratt just how good they think she is.  They recognized Pratt with an honourary life Membership  into the SCA.  Whether it's her cod fillets on tin foil, a poppyseed cake or a plastic container of peaches.... She transforms simple domestic objects into a piece of work that can only be described as A Mary Pratt.  Last night, Margaret Walsh best, of the Society of Canadian Artists presented Mary Pratt with her award.

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WAM May 26-27 Liner notes - Duane Andrews and Dwayne Cote

The sound is unmistakeable - The gypsy jazz guitar stylings of Duane Andrews.  Pair that with the Cape Breton fiddle and you've got a sound all its own.  The two Duanes, Dwayne Cote and Duane Andrews, released their first collaboration together in 2010.  Now the Duanes meet again on their latest CD, The Empress.

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WAM May 19-20 Bud Davidge

A legend of Newfoundland music is recognized with an honourary doctorate at Memorial University's Grenfell campus. Bud Davidge stops by to talk about his life, his music and the loss of his muscial partner.
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WAM May 19-20 Fishing for the Future Festival

Filmmaker Ruth Lawrence and Memorial University professor Barbara Neis are organizing the Fishing for the Future Festival: An event which commemorates the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the cod fishery. 

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WAM May 12-13 York Students

A group of grade 9 students from the York School in Toronto spent last week in St. John’s creating a documentary about Newfoundland culture and how it is shaped by our history … and vice versa.

It’s all a part of the schools ICE program - the Integrated Canadian Experience. The whole idea of ICE is for students to have an authentic experience with the people and the country.

While here, the young people spoke to artists and teachers and politicians and Dave the musician… and to me.

Toby Sparwasser-Siroka, Julie Jenkins, Hannah Kahn, Gillian Kiessling and Ben Feldman are the students. They joined me in the studio along with Sean Mitchell, director of Student Life at York, and began by asking Sean to better describe ICE for us.

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WAM May 19-20 Liner Notes Matthew Hare

For the last few years Matthew Hare has shared the musical stage playing in the local group,’ The Rents”. Now Matthew has changed that musical stage to a solo setup. Just him and his guitar performing his emotional acoustic alternative origional music.

And now with the release of his debut solo CD,” This Time Last Year”, Matthew is finding that fan’s who give it a listen can relate to his musical message.

Recently Matthew sat down with Mack Furlong to talk about his new direction.

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May 19-20 on the Weekend Arts Magazine

On the Weekend Arts Magazine with host Chris O’Neill-Yates: Ruth Lawrence is organizing a film festival to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the cod collapse and they’re calling for entries; The Niagara Youth Orchestra is in St. John’s for a musical exchange with the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra; Newfoundland music icon Bud Davidge just received an honourary doctorate at Grenfell, Memorial Campus. He will be by to talk about his life and his music. Pasadena writer, Nellie Strowbridge, will take us inside her latest book, Maiden from the Sea, the story of a 17th century French girl whose relationship with a Beothuk Indian leads to potentially tragic consequences; The Atlantic Book Awards are in St. John’s this week and we will have the local winners. On Liner Notes, Matthew Hare will chat about his new CD, This Time Last Year. Weekend AM comes your way from 6:00-9:30 Saturday and Sunday on CBC Radio One.

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WAM May 12- 13 David Chafe

The federal budget brought down by the Conservative government in Ottawa has resulted in more cutbacks to CBC’s funding and the dominoes have been falling across the country.

A couple of those dominoes flipped here in Newfoundland and Labrador. CBC has announced the decommissioning of both our inhouse recording facility, Studio F, and the mobile unit, used for remote recordings at concerts and festivals across the province.

Many groups are also upset by this turn of events, and arts organizations have come together to issue statements about their concerns.

David Chafe is the chair of MusicNL and he joins me in the studio this morning.

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WAM May 12-13 Tara Manuel

The burg of Corner Brook shivers in fear … of the Tentacle’s Claw! Deep beneath the surface of Bonne Bay lurks the creature so fearsome, so blood thirsty, so devious, that a movie must be made about it.

Enter Tara Manuel and her band of enthusiastic monsters and victims to film a script about the mortal danger in which Corner Brook quakes.

Tara and her husband Michael Rigler had a dream … or maybe a nightmare! … to produce a B-movie, no-budget, creature feature, schlock horror show in Corner Brook. Be careful what you wish for! I spoke with Tara a couple years ago about her fascination with b-movies. You may recall Shadowy Souls, a puppet show she took around the province, so this week I rang her up in Corner Brook and began by asking her how low-budget is this new no-budget film.

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WAM May12-13 Jim Dorie

You’ve heard all the buzz about local singer songwriter John Cossar who waited until later in life to begin their respective musical careers. A lifetime’s worth of experiences began pouring out in their songs.

Now John, from Burgeo, and Jim, from New Glasgow, are on an Atlantic provinces tour that brings them to Newfoundland next week for fourteen shows across the island portion of the province.

John you will know from his Liner Notes appearance here on the Weekend Arts Magazine and other local programmes, his story about making sense of his life through his songwriting.

Jim you will now meet, through the magic of a telephone interview. I spoke with Jim earlier this week from his home.

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WAM May 12-13 Liner Notes Long Distance Runners

Fresh off their CD launch party at the Rock House Friday past the Long Distance Runners are gearing up for a few short tours and a very busy summer making,’Tracks”.

The Long Distance Runners spent a little more time that usual in the studio making sure that there newest release,”Tracks” was exactly what they wanted. Taking on the task of performing all the musical parts that they possibly could so that their live performances are a tru reflection of their music, the guys approached recording with a new tact.

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May 12-13 on Weekend Arts Magazine

The Atlantic Book Festival and Awards are coming to St. John’s, you’ll hear what that means for authors and publishers. Corner Brook is threatened by The Tentacle’s Claw, a no-budget creature feature filmed in Shock-o-Vision. MusicNL has coalesced some of the concern surrounding the announced cutbacks to CBC Arts programming in the province; they’ll be holding a press conference next week, but David Chafe will be on the show to talk about their worries this weekend. The Long Distance Runners with their new recording Tracks will be 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. You will also find an archive of Liner Notes guests there. 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 May 5-6 Deanne Foley

Deanne Foley has won awards for all her short films Trombone Trouble, This Boy, and The Magnificent Molly McBride. What more encouragement could one receive to move on to their first feature?

Beat Down is that feature and Deanne has, predictably, won awards with it.

Beat Down premiered at last October’s St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, and I asked Deanne, now that the real work has begun, what she’s up to.

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WAM May 5-6 Bobbi French

She gave up her medical practice; she sold her SUV; she put her Martha Stewart house on the market; and then packed up a few belongings into a couple of suitcases and followed her heart - she moved to France.

That’s the very short capsule summary of Bobbi French as she makes her dream come true.

Bobbi was in St. John’s this week launching her book Finding Me in France. I spoke with her in our studios.

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WAM May 5-6 Duane Andrews

It was no surprise that CBC was targeted in the federal government’s recent budget. CBC has been seen as the enemy or the other for some time now.

But the extent of damage is still unrolling.

The CBC cutbacks have dealt a blow to this province’s recording artists. The state-of-the-art recording studio in the broadcast centre and the mobile recording unit housed in a truck have been decommissioned. Live recordings at festivals and concerts will be reduced from over 50 a year, to perhaps four.

Duane Andrews is an award-winning and much respected artist who thinks this is wrongheaded and can be changed. Duane and several other musicians have established a Facebook page - Sad Times for Newfoundland and Labrador Music.

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WAM May 5-6 Renate Pohl

Renate Pohl is active in so many different arenas that she has three websites to keep her friends and followers up to date! She’s an artist, a lecturer, an athlete … and a space junkie.

Renate was born in Gander, raised in Centreville, and has lived, studied and worked in Toronto, Edmonton, London England and Tokyo.

Her interests are so broad and varied that it hardly comes as any surprise that she wants artists to have an impact on space. How, she’ll find out as time goes by, but she wants to bring art and space together.

She is about to go where no stained glass / lighting designer has gone before … the International Space University in Florida.

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WAM May 5-6 The NL Arts and Letters Awards

The 2012 NL Arts and Letters Junior Poets Awards will be given out on Saturday night. Here are a few of the entries. Ellen Power, Julianne Meaney, Maria Browne and Jinji Dawson.

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WAM May 5-6 Kathleen Allan

Tomorrow night, the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble returns to the Basilica in St. John’s for sixth Candlelight Concert. It’s their last performance before heading to Ottawa for MusicFest and Podium 2012. You heard a young SATB quartet here a couple weeks ago who are also attending PODIUM.

Tomorrow’s show features new work by Eric Whitacre; sacred music of Rajaton and Anuna; a guest performance by the Holy Heart Chamber Choir; and the premiere of The Al Pittman Suite, commissioned by QVE and composed by Kathleen Allan - marrying music to three poems by one of Newfoundland’s best-known poets.

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WAM May 5-6 Nathan Rogers

Love him or loathe him, Stan Rogers is remembered by most of us of a certain age. Rogers worked hard - as a writer, performer and tireless self-promoter - to make a career in the folk music business in Canada. Hi efforts paid off in that he is considered by some to be an icon.

Stan’s brother Garnet has made a career of stoking the Stan flame, touring incessantly with Stan’s material.

And now Stan’s son Nathan, who has carved out an increasingly well-respected career of his own, is taking his father’s songs on the road as the Rogers Legacy Continues.

Nathan is coming to Newfoundland and Labrador for a ten-stop tour. I contacted him at his home … at the kitchen sink … and began by asking him that, given as he has a career as a singer and songwriter in his own right, why he would take his dad’s songs on tour.

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WAM May 5-6 Liner Notes Two Guitars Clash

The punk music scene of the 70’s was anti-establishment with anti-authoritarian ideologies. Band’s like the Social Distortion, the Clash and Stiff Little Fingers were heros to fledging garage bands everwhere. In fact today’s guest has taken their band name,”Two Guitars Clash” from one of their hero’s anthems. Playing on the local music scene since 2007,” Two Guitars Clash’s” message may not have the angst of the 70’s punk music but they do deliver a punked up statement on their latest CD,” The New Economy”.

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May 5-6 on the Weekend Arts Magazine

Jam packed, 3-D radio! Poets - young writers receive Arts and Letters Awards and read some of their work for you. Bloggers - Bobbi French finds herself in France and Renate Pohl finds herself in space! Visual artists - Jonathan O’Dea with new work in chalk pastels and Stephen Mueller in a box! Nathan Rogers tours Newfoundland and Labrador singing his daddy’s songs - Nathan does Stan. On Liner Notes, Two Guitars Clash.

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 and Liner Notes features, 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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