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August 2012 Archives

WAM Sept 1-2 Liner Notes Rea

Time now for Liner Notes…..

Rea and Maria White are very busy 21 year olds. During the day, Maria White, a talented visual artist attends Memorial’s Grenfell Campus enrolled in the Fine Arts program.

After hours, Maria White becomes Rea, sharing her musical talents with a growing fan base on the provinces west coast.

And now Rea has just released her very first EP recording,” Green Popsicle”.

The St. John’s native is not sure what life has in store for her but for now her focus is,” Green Popsicle”.

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WAM August 25-26 Amelia Curran

Amelia Curran has been relentlessly creating a formidable career as a singer and songwriter. Her recordings receive awards and her performances receive raves.

Amelia is well-known to our audiences and next weekend offers a unique performance by her, on the Indeavour Stage in Cupids.

She will be appearing on a triple bill, all unplugged. No amplifiers, no microphones; just you and the performer.

I spoke with Amelia by phone on Friday and asked her if she often performs in an unplugged environment.

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WAM August 25-26 Ned Pratt

Photographer Ned Pratt’s background is in art history, but his love for the pictorial led him to a career behind a camera. He was photo editor on the Sunday Express for several years and his work has been published in MacLeans, the New York Times and Newsweek. His commercial clients include FPI, IOC and Fortis. Ned has illustrated several books, including the House of Wooden Santas and The Substance of Light - The Art of Mary Pratt.

Ned is noted for his fashion and food photography and just this week, he opened an exhibit of recent photographs at the Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s.

The pieces are huge - feet by feet - high-quality digital prints of digital photographs. But they are tightly focussed. The subjects are individual sheds, or tractor trailer doors, or sides of ferries.

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WAM August 25-26 The Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council

RIAC, the Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council, sponsors Summer Culture Festival 2012 today in St. John’s. Performers from many corners of the world will be performing, and they’ll be performing with some cornerboys from Newfoundland, too.

Esteban Rivera is the projects co-ordinator with RIAC. He joined me earlier this week and I asked him how long this festival has been around?

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WAM August 25-26 Liner Notes Shamrock

Shamrock have been having a good time since 1993. That’s how long the guys have been playing selective club gigs along with a summer folk festival circuit.

Playing is considered their fun time away from the stresses regular day jobs. And when the fun stops so will Shmrcok.

But thank goodness for their growing fan base that fun has translated into many a good time and two CD releases. Thier latest CD,” With Us All The While” is pretty close to the sound you’ll hear at one of their live shows. And the guys wouldn’t have it any other way.

Brothers Tony and Chris Batton along with band mate Derm Eason paid a visit to our Liner Notes studio to chat with host Chris O’Niel Yates about the fun and the music, like this one,”Candlight and Wine”.

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August 25-26 on the Weekend Arts Magazine

Chris O’Neill-Yates is on assignment so Mack Furlong hosts the program and meets Terry Rielly, celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Mack also talks with Elizabeth d’Anjou who will be presenting a workshop on finding and fixing common readability problems - designed for editors but helpful to anybody who works with text. Amelia Curran talks about her upcoming gig on the Indeavour Stage in Cupids. Liner Notes features Shamrock and their new recording With Us All The While.

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.

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WAM August 18-19 Mike Rowe

It’s a long way from the touring and late nights playing in bars. Mike Rowe - and the metal band Bucket Truck - had a cult following. But when the band broke up Rowe decided it was time for a fresh start - at the other end of the country. And time for a career change. Rowe has just landed a recurring role in a TV series to be broadcast this fall. I spoke with Mike Rowe from Vancouver.

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WAM August 18-19 Richard Ford

Critics call Richard Ford one of the greatest writers of our time, a Pulitzer Prize and PEN Faulkner award winner. Ford recently published his latest novel, “Canada”. He spoke with Chris O’Neill-Yates

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WAM August 18-19 Celtic Fiddlers

In their 20th Year, the Celtic Fiddlers keep on making the music. They’re off to make music in ireland this coming Friday for a week, in venues all over County Waterford. Five of the group stopped by to talk about that. While they were here, the five played this tune, Paddy Fahey’s Reel.

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WAM August 18-19 Jean-Claude Roy

Jean-Claude Roy’s work has become part of that vast canvas on which this province is depicted. Bold splashes of colour, jusxtaposed with ominous foreboding skies and often dark moons. Those jubilant houses dancing with abandon in ecstatic meadows … Rejoicing wharves perched over celebrating sea as if they just couldn’t imagine being anywhere else on earth. That is the Newfoundland of Jean-Claude Roy And there are the French scenes, and the poppy fields, oh the vermillion poppies. Tempting us into the countryside of Roy’s life in his native France. Jean Claude Roy just opened an exhibition of new works at the Emma Butler Gallery in St. John’s. So I popped by for a peek and a chat with the artist himself.

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WAM August 18-19 Liner Notes Danika Drover

She’s here, she’s there, she’s everywhere. Whenever she gets the chance Danika Drover loves to travel to far off places to meet the locals and take in all the culture she can.

In 2010 her travels took her to a place she had never been to before. Danika stepped on a local stage and took top prize in a local open mic contest. She then found herself in a recording studio laying down tracks for her debut CD,’Wanderlust”,

Last nite Danika officially launched,” Wanderlust” to a packed house at the Rock House here in St. John’s.

Danika knows this new musical journey is far from over, especially,’When A Girl Can Dream”.

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WAM Auguest 11-12 Bert Riggs, Nancy Earle, Bernice Morgan

Weekend Arts Magazine interviews Bert Riggs, Nancy Earle and Bernice Morgan at Winterset.

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WAM August 11-12 Don McKay

Weekend Arts Magazine interviews Don McKay at Winterset.

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WAM August 11-12 Richard Gwyn

Weekend Arts Magazine interviews Richard Gwyn at Winterset.

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WAM August 11-12 Simon Winchester

Weekend Arts Magazine interviews Simon Winchester at Winterset.

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WAM August 11-12 Michael Enright

Weekend Arts Magazine interviews Michael Enright at Winterset.

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WAM Aug 4-5 Susan Khaladkar

400 years ago, the English businessmen who came to Newfoundland seeking new opportunities had the initial recorded meeting with the Beothuk First Nation. Where they met, near Frenchman’s Cove in Sunnyside, was named Truce Sound by governor John Guy, founder of Cupids.

400 years later, the Sunnyside Heritage Association has created the Truce Sound Anniversary festival.

Susan Khaladkar joins me now by phone. Good morning, Susan, and welcome to the Weekend Arts Magazine.

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WAM Aug 4-5 Tuckamore Festival

The Tuckamore Festival has been bringing chamber music and musicians to Newfoundland for a dozen years now - it’s a concert experience, it’s a learning experience, it’s a teaching experience … pianists and string players from around the world attend workshops, give open rehearsals, take private lessons and master classes … and perform for the public. This year’s two-week fustival begins tomorrow and runs until the 19th.

Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves conceived of the event as a unique opportunity for young musicians to meet with outstanding teachers and performers in the relaxed and unique atmosphere of St. John’s.

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WAM Aug 4-5 Don Gale aand Don Dunphy

Donald Gale has written a new play about Victor Campbell, Vicked Victor, as he was known. Campbell was a decorated naval hero in World War 1, but that’s not the story that Donald tells.

The Antarctic Adventure of Victor Campbell is the play, it received it’s premier production on Thursday night at Dhoon Lodge in Black Duck, presented by 2nd Stage Productions, and it focusses on Campbell’s journey to the South Pole with Robert Scott. Campbell later moved to Black Duck Siding near Stephenville in the `20’s and died in 1957.

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WAM Liner Notes The Thymes

Time now for Liner Notes…….

And this week we actually have a four piece rock and roll band who called themselves,” The Thymes”.

The guys are young in years but their sound in rock and roll vinatge, a nod to their heros the Beatles, The Kinks and even Television.

The Thymes have just released a self-titled EP with thier main goal of releasing a full length CD.

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