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WAM July 28-29 Marthe Bernard and Deanne Foley - "Beat Down" - feature film

The accolades keep piling up for "Beat Down", Deanne Foley's first feature film. It's a comedy starring Marthe Bernard as Fran Whiteway, a young woman intent on making a career as a wrestler. And her father, played by Rob Wells, intent on stopping her. It's been on the film festival circuit and picked up some awards since it was released last year. It screened at the St. John's Women's International Film Festival last fall. For those of you wanting to see the movie, you are about to get your chance. Marthe Bernard and Deanne Foley dropped by our Weekend AM studio to share the good news.
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WAM July 28-29 John Widdowson - Dictionary of Newfoundland English

Do you know what a twillick is? A giziboo? How about omaudon? None of them are a very flattering way to describe someone. Another thing they all have in common is that they are all found in the Dictionary of Newfoundland English. It's been 30 years since "The Dictionary" was published. Professors George Story, John Widdowson and W.J. Kirwin's painstakingly, over many years documented the richness of language in this place. Chris had the opportunity to speak with one of the creators of this revered tome. John Widdowson lives in England but was in the province this week.  
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WAM July 28-29 Lynn Horne

The "Man of a Thousand Songs" is taking time off to battle throat cancer. Ron Hynes' manager Lynn Horne says the singer-songwriter will be starting treatments of radiation and chemotherapy in mid August. She says they have cancelled all up coming performances except the one on August 11 at Mile One. Horne says Hynes is doing as well as can be expected. She says his focus in the next several months will be on treatment.
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WAM Liner Notes Katie Baggs

There’s an old saying,” home is where the heart is” and Katie Baggs can definitley relate to that.

Someone who is known on the local music scene for her involvement in poetry, visual arts and most recently music, Katie is now planted firmly back home after a teaching stint in Vancouver.

With a positive response from her band,” All The Wiles” CD,” Painted”, Katie has just released her own solo CD entitled,”Home Again, Home Again”.

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WAM July 21-22 Shipwrecks

The waters around this province must be a real paradise for people who love diving to shipwrecks. Hundreds, thousands even, are to be found off our shores. Now avid divers, historians and others have formed a new organization. It’s the Shipwreck Preservation Society of Newfoundland and Labrador. One of the people heading up the new organizrion is Neil Burgess.

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WAM July 21-22 Joan Clarke

Joan Clark says hr greatest fear would be not being able to write any more. Clark has written numerous books - her early works were mostly for children and young adults. As well as short stories. But there have been novels, such as Eriksdottir, An Audience of Chairs, Lattitudes of Melt and Road to Bliss. All have won Joan Clark critical praise. But Clark has also enjoyed the role of mentor to other writers. And she’ll get to that this fall when she takes up the writer in residence position at the University of New Brunswick.

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WAM July 21-22 Gerry Squires

Gerry Squires has come a long way in the art world since those fourteen years he spent living at the lighhouse in Ferryland. A lot of honours and accolades have been bestowed on the artist….. Perhaps best known for his depictions of the beauty found in the rugged often harsh landscape of Newfoundland. But Squires says it was at Ferryland lighthouse - during those years as a struggling painter with a young family - that he developed into the artist he has become today.

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WAM July 21-22 Pamela Morgan

It was a fluke that it survived. The score of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" that Figgy Duff wrote thirty years ago. The Duff performed it live to to the play at the LSPU Hall 30 years ago. Pamela Morgan is reviving the original composition.
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WAM July 21-22 Jackie Hynes

It's unblieveably hard to get the resources to mount a film. Money is scarce and getting scarcer. So, it's understament to say Jackie Hynes was thrilled when she got the call. Jackie has been chose as the third winner of the RBC Michelle Jackson Award. The award comes with 40-grand - in cash and in kind - to be put towards a film project. I wanted to know more about what Jackie plans to do with her big win. So I invited her to come into our Weekend AM studio.

 

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WAM July 21-22 Nicole Underhay

Here's some of what critics are saying about Newfoundland's own Nicole Underhay at the Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-theLake: The Ottawa Citizen called Underhay's - Hildy - smart, sassy, and sexy. Saying it's glory time for Underhay in the uproarious production of Shaw's "His Girl Friday". The Niagara Falls Review called her fierce and funny and the Toronto Star called her a dazzling supernova for the role in another Shaw play, "The Millionaress". The Globe and Mail was not so kind, but laid the blame at the feel of George Bernard Shaw for his writing. One thing is for sure, Nicole Underhay is on one wild ride. I caught up with the busy actor at Niagara-on-the-Lake.

 

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WAM Liner Notes Curtis Andrews

My guest this morning is a percussionist/composer/teacher with global persuasions.

Curtis Andrews’ studies has taken him to Ghana, India, South Africa and Zimbabwe where he has developed a deep knowledge of the history and performance of music from these areas.

One of his musical groups Curtis performs with, “The Zhambai Trio” has just released their debut CD, entitled,”Tambanavo”.

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WAM July 14-15 Liner Notes Dana Parsons

Dana Parsons will take the stage Saturday July 21st at the Rock House to release her brand new CD," Within The Light".
It's been five years since Dana's debut release, "It's You Not Me" and it's safe to say that Dana has grown musically since that time.

In those five years Dana has been perfoming up to five shows a day on different cruise lines all over the world. Here at home she has dominated in Music NL's  awards and she was winner of CBC's Galaxie Rising Star award.

In between gigs and accepting awards Dana has been working away on her new CD," Within the Light". But the songs did not come easy.

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WAM July 14-15 Jerry Pocius

We're losing the art of conversation. Nobody talks to eachother any more.

How many times do you hear that?

That behaviour is something folklore professor Jerry Pocius observes daily.

He's also observing the results in the lack of proper interviewing skills in students.

So, in order to get back to the basics of conversing and observing that is at the heart of folkloric research, the iphones, Blackberries, all those electronic gadgets will have to go.

Fo three weeks, anyway.

It's a pilot project Pocius starts in the fall semester.

That's when seven of his students will go offline in Keels, Bonavista Bay, for a crash course in meeting people, talking to them and documenting it.

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WAM July 14-15 Brad Peyton

Five years ago Brad Peyton headed to Hollywood and it's been upward for the young director ever since.

He's got a string of directing credits under his belt...

Including the multi-million-dollar movie "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore and "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" - an adventure film in a fantasy world inspired by Jules Verne, the science fiction pioneer.

Now Brad Peyton has just signed another deal to do a sequel to Journey 2 - Journey 3.

But that's not all he's doing.

Warner Brothers has brought him on board to direct its screen adaptation of "Lobo", a story based on a character in a DC comic.

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WAM jULY 14-15 Peter Walsh

A new documentary is bringing to life a story that's part of the fabric of this place.

The Portguese fishermen and the White fleet on which they sailed into St. John's.

For hundreds of years the Portuguese fished the Grand Banks.

Often taking shelter from storms and gales in a welcoming port.

Now that story is being brought to life with one of the last remaining ships in the White Fleet - the Santa Maria Manuela.

Peter Walsh's film, "Return of the White Fleet" airs next week on CBC Television in Newfoundland and Labrador.

I asked Peter into our studio to tell me about it.

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WAM July 14-15 Women's Songwriter Circle

Ilia Nicoll and Sandy May are taking part in a women's songwriter's circle.  They speak with host Chris O'neill-Yates

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WAM July 14-15 Lighthouses

It's Lighthouse Day and we will talk about these venerable structures with two people who know lighthouses - Artist Les Noseworthy, and Gerald Cantwell of The Canadian Coast Guard Alumni.

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WAM July 14-15 Flower Art Show

Betty Hall and Chris Ryan have been making floral art for decades.  They're part of the Floral Design Group at the NL Horticultural Society. This weekend they'll be putting some of that art on display to the public at the 25th floral art show at the MUN Botanical Garden.

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WAM July 7-8 Shakespeare By The Sea

It looked like the season was in jeopardy. Shakespeare by the Sea is a community theatre troupe that doesn’t have huge resources. But because of the kindness of supporters the 20th season is opening tonight at bannerman Park in St. John’s. I stopped by the park where the cast was rehearsing their production of the Shakespearean play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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WAM July 7-8 Newman Sound Men's Choir

Newman’s Sound Men’s Choir is off to the 7th World Choir Games in Cincinnati. It used to be called the Choir Olympics. Under any name, these are some of the best choirs in the world. The fellow who tickles the the ivories in the choir is tickled pink. David Chafe is pianist, choir manager and Artistic Director. David Williams is a singer. They joined Chris O’Neill-Yates in our Weekend AM studio.

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WAM July 7-8 Charles Menzies - Speaking about his documentary.

He grew up going out in a fishing boat with his father. His life took him to PhD research in the fishery in France. Now Charles Menzies is in St. John's where his documentary is screening at the Fishing for the Future Film Festival. He's a filmmaker from British Columbia. I spoke with him at the festival yesterday.
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WAM July 7-8 Slam Poetry

Mental illness is getting a lot more attention than it used to. Tonight it'll get some more. It's an event called slam poetry.
Performers get three minutes to perform an original work. Poets and performers are getting together in St. John's for an event called "Let's Get Mental: Expressions of Verbal Art on Mental Health Issues and Awareness" Terry Rielly is a performer who has been quite open publically about his depression. Monica J is a poet who lives with a mental health issue. They joined me in out Weekend AM studio.
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WAM July 7-8 Vokey's Boat

It's not every day a schooner is launched any more. In fact it's a part of our culture that might have disappeared altogether if not for master boat builder Henry Vokey. Vokey's name is no stranger to boat building in this province. And at 82, he's been hard at work preparing for today, the schooner's launch. Henry Vokey joins me this morning over the phone.

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WAM JUly 7-14-15 Liner Notes Adam Batstone

When Adam Batstone strummed his first acoustic guitar he knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

Attending university and switching from acoustic guitar to classical guitar were two challenges that Adam eagerly accepted.

Recently graduating with a degree in music and the release of his debut CD,” Classical Guitar” Adam has now set new goals for himself…..all music related.

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WAM June30-July 1 Dr. Mark Humphries

On July 1, 1916, the collective heart of this then-tiny country was broken. As 801 young men from the First Newfoundland Regiment went forward at Beaumont Hamel in the Battle of the Somme. They didn’t stand a chance under fire from the germeans. Consequently only 68 surviving to answer roll call the next day. Much has been said, much has been written about this day. But it bears discussing again, and again, lest we forget. Dr. Mark Humphries is a professor at Memorial University who specializes in canadain military history. He has specific expertise in the First World War and beaumont Hamel.

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WAM June 30-July 1 Chris Brookes

When it comes to what makes a good documentary, Chris Brookes knows a thing or two. He’s won dozens of awards for his own work spanning decades. Now Chris is engaged in a project where he’s curating the best documentaries he can find globally about the destruction of fish stocks throughout the world. The Community University Research for Recovery Alliance - CURRA - is designing a website where you can go to watch and hear some of the best work found anywhere on the subject. This is to coincide with the Fishing For the Future Film Festival that Barbara Neis and Ruth Lawrence told us about a few weeks ago.

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WAM June 30-July 1 Rex Murphy

He’s be the first one to tell you he left, physically. But he never really left. But recently Rex Murphy travelled around the province to make a documentary looking at this place 20 years after the bottom fell completely out of our culture-defining, seemingly- indestructible fishery, the northern cod fishery. For over 5 centuries cod was at our core. The smell of money. But today - if money has a distinct odour - it is more likely to be that of oil. All these factors play into the documentary Rex Murphy is preparing for this week on The national.

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