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September 2012 Archives

WAM September 29-30 Liner Notes Laura La Rock

Time now for Liner Notes….. Most of us have a bucket list of sorts, but most of us never get around to completing that list. Singer Laura La Rock was one of those people. That was until her boss literally passed away in front of her eyes. This shocking experience prompted Laura to quit her job and set about pursuing her dream of singing rock music.

Laura has turned her everyday experiences into rock gems for her new debut CD,” Law of Attraction”. Gems like this one,”Light My Fuse”.

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Suzuki Talent Education Program - 30th anniversary

We introduce you to some young violinists and fiddlers players - as young as four. They're just a few of the hundreds of children - and adults - who've learned through the Suzuki method in this province. Christina Smith is the Artistic Director of the Suzuki Talent Education Program of St. John's. Chris O'Neill Yates asked Christina, some of her STEP fiddlers students and their parents into our studio to talk about what 30 years of Suzuki education has done for the music scene in the province.

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Bill Rose - Johnny Bower Portrait

Bill Rose - like many among us - has fond memories of the old NHL. Maple Leafs goalie Johnny Bower played 11 years with the Leafs and won three consecutive Stanley Cups. Bill Rose has painted a portrait of Johnny Bower. It's 2 metres high. The portrait and Bill himself are off to Toronto to meet Bower and to show him the portrait. Host Chris O'Neill Yates chatted with Bill at his home in St. John's.

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Captain Cook symposium

A symposium dedicated to explorer James Cook marks the 250th anniversary of his arrival in Newfoundland. His work here laid the groundwork for his more famous explorations in the Pacific. Fred Smith is the Vice President of the Newfoundland Historical Society - and he's organizing a symposium to commemorate this 250th anniversary. He speaks with host Chris O'Neill Yates

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Women's Film Festival - Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta's Midnight's Children will open this year's Woman's Film Festival. It's the screen adaptation of Salman Rushie's epic novel of the same name. It won the Booker prize in 1980 - and is on Penguin's list as one of the best books of the century. Midnight's Children opened at TIFF a couple of weeks ago and is screening at the Calgary Film Festival this week. That's where Chris O'Neill Yates reached director Deepa Mehta.

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Celebrity chef Chuck Hughes

The star of Food Network's Chuck's Day Off is off to Elliston. Chuck Hughes is joining chefs such as Todd Perrin, Jonathan Gushue, Grant Van Gameren, Martin Juneau, Jeremy Charles among others for Roots, Rants and Roars Food Festival in Elliston. He's the youngest Canadian Chef to win iron Chef America. Chuck stopped by the Weekend Arts Magazine studio.

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Matt Epp

One critic said the word troubadour could have been invented for Matt Epp. Sirius Satellite radio called him the singer-songwriter discovery of the year in 2010. He's performed with Rose Cousins, Amelia Curran and many others. Matt has released five albums. At Dawn is his new CD. On September 29 the Manitoba native is back in St. John's, a place he dearly loves. Host Chris O'Neill Yates caught up with Matt at his home in Winnipeg.

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Liner Notes Rod Sparkes and The Full Circle Band

“Rod Sparkes and the Full Cirlce Band” have come full cirlce…literally. It all started a while back when Rick Linthorne with suitcase and guitar in hand knocked on Rod Sparkes Ontario door looking for a place to crash. The two friends along with Rod’s wife Rose began to while away their time jamming on some of their favourite tunes. The jamming led to a full fledged band.

Now living in Newfoundland the trio have just released their debut CD,”A Newfoundland Summers Morning”.

The inspiration for many of the songs came from Rod’s love for Rose. Like this cut, “Lost In Our Love”.

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Louise Moyes - "docu-dances"

Louise Moyes, renowned choreographer and storyteller, has something old ... and something new for you - she talks with Mack Furlong about her docudance St. John's Women.

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Jonathan Butler - New book

Jonathan Butler is back with his second novel. Jonathan was here a couple years ago with The Return of the Native, a tale of a Newfoundlander coming home and confronting history in more ways than one. History also plays a role in Jonathan's new book, The Shah of Shea Heights. Family history. Jonathan tells the tale of Billy Tucker, a loquacious local thug, who tells us the tale that his father, an even more loquacious thug, tells him. Jonathan tells Mack what The Shah of Shea Heights is all about it.

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WAM September 15-16 Director Nik Sexton on new Dumphy film

Donnie Dumphy has received the green light for a full-length motion picture while at TIFF. Mack Furlong gets the details from director Nik Sexton.

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WAM September 15-16 Toronto artist Hazel Meyer

Walls to the Ball is the exhibit, and it is an installation, performance and sculpture project. It takes the expression balls to the wall, taking something to the limit, and inverts it with impudence. Hazel handknots basketball nets and gradually transforms the gallery space into a gym space. The investigation into the craft world’s intersection with the athletic world begins.

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WAM September 15-16 WANL guest writer Karen Solie

Each year, three local writers invite three authors from Canada to come to our province and share their work. It’s part of the Writers Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Come From Away Reading series. First up on this year’s series will be a writer invited by Mark Callanan. He asked multi-award winning Saskatchewanian poet Karen Solie to read in St. John’s and Corner Brook this week. She speaks with host Mack Furlong.

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WAM September 15-16 Liner Notes Tony O'Leary

Tony O’Leary has a passion for Newfoundland music. You can hear it on his new CD,” The Mysteries Of Life”.

Tony also has a passion for making sure we leave mother earth in good shape for generations to come. The Western Bay multi-instrumentalist believes that we all have a responsibility to teach our children to make conservation a high priority.

The theme of Tony’s new CD,”The Mysteries Of Life” seems to combine these passions as heard in this tune,”The Cliffty Pond Medley”….

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Weekend Arts Magazine September 15-16

Mack Furlong hosts this weekend while Chris O’Neill-Yates is away. Writers descend on Weekend AM! Karen Solie, renowned Canadian poet, will be in Newfoundland for readings in St. John’s and Corner Brook … and on the Weekend Arts Magazine! Jonathan Butler releases his new novel, The Shah of Shea Heights. Dancers, too - Louise Moyes talks about docudance and her new show, St. John’s Women. Visual art makes an appearance as well - Hazel Meyer talks about art and athletics. Don’t forget the music, on Liner Notes we have Tony O’Leary with his new recording, The Mysteries of Life.

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 will visit with you!

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 September 8-9 Lillian Fidler

Lillian Fidler wants to make a documentary about her husband's Jim's life and beliefs. Still Remember is the working title of the doc, and Lillian has mounted a campaign to raise some money to get her to the next level in her quest.

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WAM September 8-9 The arts community in Newfoundland is grieving the loss of visual artist Tina Dolter of Steady Brook

Jackie Alcock, Charlotte Jones and David Smallwood, friends of Tina Dolter, spoke to Bernice Hillier in Corner Brook. Amy House is former chair of the Association of Cultural Industries in Newfoundland and Labrador, and met Tina in that capacity, as Tina succeeded her as chair.

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WAM September 8-9 Jordan Canning wins a national award from the Toronto International Film Festival

A much-lauded filmmaker, Jordan Canning directs short films, features films, and music videos.  She was a finalist in last year's CBC TV's Short Film Face-Off; she won a $500 award from TIFF, the Toronto International Film Festival, to work in their Talent Lab series; and on Wednesday evening, she was announced as the national winner of this year's RBC TIFF Emerging Filmmaker award, worth $15,000, for her short fim, Seconds.  I reached Jordan by phone on Thursday morning in Toronto, standing in line to go to a movie!
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WAM September 8-9 Sculpture to honour Breast Cancer Patients

James C. Smith will sculpt a monument in honour of breast cancer patients and their families to be placed on the grounds of Eastern Health in St. John's between the Health Science Centre's Emergency Department entrance and the entrance to the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre.
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WAM September 8-9 Liner Notes Margo St. John

Author Cassie Brown’s novel,” Death On The Ice” is considered a classic by anybodys standards. First published in 1972, the book has gone on to be a best seller many times over and even today it is still snatched from book store shelves.

Cassie also turned her writing talents to penning a song of the same name. Her daughter Christine Brown wrote the music for the track.

In 1982 Margo St. John released the song,” Death On The Ice” on a 45 rpm record.

Margo has now added nine more cuts to that early 7 inch vinyl and released the CD,”Death On The Ice”.

A number of those cuts were written by Christine Brown, like this one, “Out Of Touch”

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emiletitle2.jpg It’s been 20 years since Newfoundland and Labrador cultural icon Emile Benoit passed away at age 79.

In those 20 years, the spirit of the sprightly man from Black Duck Brook has continued to live on through his legacy, both as a musician and as a promoter of French-Newfoundland culture on the Port au Port peninsula.

Newfoundland and Labrador musicians admire him to this day, and say they owe him a debt of gratitude for the tremendous musical wealth he left behind.

Weekend A.M. is paying tribute to Benoit on the 20th anniversary of his passing.

Host Chris O’Neill-Yates recently travelled to the Port au Port to visit Benoit’s family and friends. She also spoke to some of the province’s best-known musicians.

Benoit was a master fiddler, storyteller, composer and a true character from Francophone Newfoundland. We have Weekend A.M.’s coverage from Sept. 2, as well as stories from our radio and television archives

Vive Emile!

Chris O’Neill-Yates’s documentary honouring the 20th anniversary of the passing of Emile Benoit.

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A gallery of photos from Chris O’Neill-Yates’s trip to the Port au Port peninsula.

Emile Benoit’s widow Rita shows Chris O’Neill-Yates some of the many honours her husband received.

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Chris O’Neill-Yates speaks to Emile Benoit’s nephew Danny Benoit about the things his uncle taught him.

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Chris O’Neill-Yates’s video chat with Claude Caines, co-founder of recording company Clode Records.

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Chris O’Neill-Yates talks to Pamela Morgan

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Chris O’Neill-Yates talks to Bob Hallett

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Chris O’Neill-Yates talks to playwright Robert Chafe and musicians/actor Daniel Payne.

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Chris O’Neill-Yates talks to fiddler Christian Smith and young fiddler Matilda Goldie.

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Stories from our Archives

A profile of Emile Benoit from the television archives.

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Emile Benoit’s obituary on CBC’s here and now when he passed away from bone cancer back in 1992.

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A Visit with Emile - first broadcast on the Performance Hour in 1991

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An story from the radio archives of Benoit receiving an honorary degree from Memorial University in1988

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A recording from Memorial University archives of a discussion with Emile Benoit and Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore professor Dr. Gerald Thomas, who studied French-Newfoundland culture on the Port au Port peninsula. (Courtesy Memorial University Folklore archives)

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WAM Sept 1-2 Quentin Ready

Quentin Reddy is getting his shot at the country music big time. Quentin grew up in Port Kirwan; he now lives in Airdrie, Alberta. Quentin recently submitted an audition tape to the Country Music Channel's competition "Big in A Small Town," and he was chosen to perform on the show last week. This coming Thursday there's a live to air performance showdown on CMT. Quentin Reddy joins Chris on the line from his home in Airdrie Alberta

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WAM Sept 1-2 Quidi Vidi Plantation

The Quidi Vidi Village Plantation has spots for new craftspeople. Chris takes a tour with Pete Stanbridge, Craft Enterprse Facilitator, and some of the amazing artisans working away in the Village.

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WAM Sept 1-2 Valentia Isle Music Festival

Several attempts were made to lay a telegraph cable between Ireland and Newfoundland - but it wasn't until 1866 that the first ever transatlantic telegraph cable was successfully laid between Valentia Island, Co. Kerry and 'Heart's Content' Newfoundland. The people on Valentia Island are celebrating that connection with the first ever Valentia Isle Music Festival. Ana Mahe is one of the organizers; she speaks with Chris.

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