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June 2012 Archives

WAM June 30-July 1 Diane O'Mara

You might call it an early case of restorative justice. A scrolled romanesque fresco painted on the ballroom ceiling at Government House in St. John's by Alexander Pindikowsky. Pindikowsky was from Poland and in 1880 he ran afoul of the law. Realizing he was a talented painter, the governor of the day made painting frescoes at government buildings part of Pindokowsky's sentence. Diane O'Mara is the senior tour guide at Government House. When I heard of this story I immediately had to find out more, so I met up with Diane in the ballroom at Government House.
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WAM June 30-July 1 Robert Chafe

It's a big week for playwright Robert Chafe. Two of his plays are on stage in his hometown, St. John's at the Arts and Culture Centre. Tempting Providence tells the story of the legendary nurse from Daniel's Harbour, Myra Bennett. And Oil and Water is the story of Lanier Phillips, shipwrecked off St. Lawrence on the USS Truxton in 1942. Robert Chafe dropped by our studio earlier in the week.
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WAM June 30-July 1 Liner Notes Adrian House

Back in February when Adrian House entered the latest R.P.M. Challenge, he had no idea that he would walk away with the top prize.

Writing all the music, playing all the instruments for a full length album with a finished product in just one month was no easy feat.

Adrian recently released that material on his new CD,”Angel Eyes” .

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WAM June 23-24 Ned Pratt

It's an exhibition that took three years to curate. It involved visits to more than 400 museums and galleries and studios and talking with artists across the full range of contemporary art in Canada today. Oh Canada! is the largest exhibition of Canadian contemprary arts to ever have been shown outside the country. It's an exhibition mounted at the Massacussetts Museoum of Contemporary Art - MASS MoCA. It includes the work of 60 artists across the country. But just one Newfoundlander - photographer Ned Pratt - was chosen to show his work there. I stopped by Pratt's studio in St. John's to talk with him about his work and the show.

 

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WAM June 23-24 Craft Council - 40th anniversary

 The stars of the province's craft industry were shining brightly last night. The craft industry honoured some of the finest craftspeople in the province with seven awards of excellence in craft at the 40th Anniversary Gala at Devon House in St. John's. One of them is David Goodyear. David lives in Torbay and is a physicist who works at the Cancer Centre. His clock with hand-cut wooden gears titled Hypnosis netted him the award for Innovation and Design.

  

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WAM June 23-24 Gordon Pinsent and Greg Keeler

By their own admission it’s an unconventional the pairing. The words of raconteur Gordon Pinsent, set to music by two of the counrty’s most talented musicians, Blue Rodeo’s, Greg Keelor and Travis Good of the Sadies. Through the jigs and the reels, Down and Out in Upalong was born. Now the show is coming to St. John’s. Pinsent, Keelor and Good will be on stage at the Arts and Culture Centre this coming Tuesday, June 26th. I spoke with Greg Keelor and Gordon Pinsent by phone from Ontario.

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WAM June 23-24 Al Pittman

His children’s classic, Down by Jim Long’s Stage has delighted children - and their parents - for almost forty years. His play, “West Moon” - while fiction - evokes a theme woven throufgh his life’s work: resettlement. Al Pittman’s work is steeped in the Placentia bay roots he left behind as a boy. But many of the themes he explored made his work a moveable feast to places such as Ireland. It will be 11 years in August since poet and playwright, Al Pittman passed away. This week, Corner Brook’s Theatre Newfoundland Labrador is teaming up with the March Hare for an evening of tribute to Pittman. Kyran Pittman is Al’s daughter. She joins us on the line from Little Rock, Arkansas where she makes her home. Anita Best is with us from her home in Rocky Harbour.

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WAM June 23-24 Liner Notes Rik Barron

Time now for Liner Notes….. And today we feature a local artist who sang for his supper and then released it on CD… The song that is, not the supper……and he didn’t really sing, he played.

Rik Barron’s new CD is called,” Speechless, A Collection of Acoustic Instrumentals”.

That is definitely a good fit beacuse Rik has been voted Best Instrumentalist by the Newfoundland Folk Arts Council.

Rik has travelled all over the world making music. His present home is in Vermont on the northeast coast of the U.S. where he resides with his wife and his recording studio, Garriage Works. It was there Rik picked up his banjo while,” Waitin’ for Supper”.

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WAM June 16-17 Donnie Dumphy

If you haven't heard of Donnie Dumphy, you're about to.

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WAM June 16-17 Refugee Art

Leuben Boykov and Elena Popova - who came here are refugees from Bulgaria - join newcomers in an exhibition of refugee art.

WAM June 16-17 Clem Curtis

A self taught artist who says he read every book on art he could find. Clem Curtis' exhibition opened last night.

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WAM Maureen Cavan

On it’s website Access Copyright defines itself as as a not-for-profit organization in 1988 by a group of authors and publishers with a common and simple objective:To protect the value of their intellectual property by ensuring fair compensation when their works are copied. Access Copyright lets users use copyrighted works - places such as universities - while giving writers and creators fair compensation. A couple of weeks ago on Weekend AM Access Copyright came under fire from the association that represents the province’s librarians. Crystal Rose expressed concern about the fact that Memorial University was considering signing on to a new copyright agreement. One she feared would be costly and among other things, infringe on privacy and academic freedom. Maureen Cavan is the Executive Director of the copyright licensing agency, Access Copyright.

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WAM June 16-17 Liner Notes Ennis

Since the Ennis Sisters literally grew-up on the local music scene, they have released eight commercial CD.’s. Performing all over the world, recieving multiple awards including a Canadian Juno award and spending time recording in Nashville, the ladies are finally home to stay.

With a new lineup and and name change, “Ennis” featuring sisters Maureen and Karen Ennis have just released their second CD,” The Fortunate Ones”.

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WAM June 9-10 David Blackwood

David Blackwood is on his native soil for a huge exhibition of his work. He talks with Chris about how the boy prodigy from Wesleyville became one of Canada's most celebrated artists, and a lot more.
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WAM June 9-10 Water Lilly

The discovery of a Newfoundland feminist journal that dates back to before the word came into popular use. An exciting find for archivist Linda White. She’ll be by to tell us about it.

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WAM June 9-10 Ed Roberts

He’s a man who evoked strong reactions in people. A man who never held his tongue when he perceived something was wrong. Even if those people were his family or his political allies. Peter Cashin was a man of mythical proportions in the eyes of his supporters. A man who put Newfoundland first. Cashin is perhaps best known by many as leading the charge against Joey Smallwood and Confederation movement. Unfortunately, though, for all his contributions to life in this province many the name Peter Cashin has been relegated to relative obscurity. Ed Roberts has edited Peter Cashin: My Fight for Newfoundland . he stopped by to talk about the book.

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WAM June 9-10 Liner Notes Heavy Horses

Time now for Liner Notes…. And today our guest pays a musical salute to the soundtrack of the good ole’ spaghetti western. The Heavy Horses and in particular the main man in the group, Justin Mahoney has always taken a cotten to the old westerns of the past, particulairly the music that grew out of those shut ‘em ups. It may be because he grew up in the rurual community of Steady Brook on a, “well” steady diet of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and other country music bad boys.

Justin graduated from Memorial University’s School of Music and then headed to Toronto to play in the big leagues. And play he did. Opening up for big name acts like Taylor Swift, INXS, I Mother Earth, Sam Roberrts and Johnny Reid.

With the realease of his latest CD,” Murder Ballads & Other Love Songs” under the guise of the moniker,’ The Heavy Horses”, Justin had Laurence Currie who has worked with our very own Emile Curran on her Juno winning CD as well as our mega folk group the Once, sitting in the producer’s chair.

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WAM June 2-3 Kevin Major

Kevin Major's 1978 children's book, Hold fast, is being made into a movie.  Chris caught up with him on set.

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WAM June 2-3 Michael Pitman

From mental illness, to the concept of being confined. A new exhibition by artist Michael Pittman just opened at The Rooms. Chris spoke with Pittman about his work and the deep well from which he draws his ideas.

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WAM June 2-3 Hold Fast

Molly Parker is back in town. Her first time back since the movie "Rare Birds". Chris takes you behind the scenes of the movie "Hold Fast". she chats with Molly Parker, Aiden Flynn and the two young local teens with the lead roles.

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WAM June 2-3 Kingdom

A new play by Meghan Greeley brings together father and daughter Andy Jones and ROD's Marthe Bernard  on the stage. Kingdom opens this week at the LSPU Hall. Chris caught up with the crew at rehearsal.

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