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October 2012 Archives

Nov 3-4 Weekend Arts Magazine

Mack Furlong sits in for Chris O’Neill-Yates this weekend. He’ll hear all about: a new Jack tale from Andy Jones to be published by Running the Goat Press, illustrated by Darka Erdelji - Jack and Mary in the Land of Thieves; the Dictionary of Newfoundland English celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The English Language Research Centre at Memorial joins the party with a symposium open to the public next weekend; Ottawa Valley step-dancing … and how “dancing from the heart” is something we can all relate to. Dr. Sherry Johnson delivers the message in a public lecture; 8, a staged reading of Dustin Lance Black’s play about California’s Proposition 8, which took away the freedom of gay and lesbian Californians to marry; and Paul Lamb will be on Liner Notes with his new cd, Get to What’s Real.

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 Oct 27-28 Ghosts of Violence

The headlines are full of examples. Violence perpetrated against women and girls is an undenaible social problem that touches so many people. Sexual abuse, murder, physical violence. A topic that will being explored on stage in the framework of a ballet on tour of the Arts and Culture Centres across the island…. Beginning tomorrow night in St. John’s. Earlier in the week I spoke to Susan Chalmers-Gauvin is the CEO of the Atlantic Ballet Theatre.

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WAM Oct 27-28 Twilight Zone

The televison series Twilight Zone was a commercial and critical success in the US in the 1950’s. It’s spawned many a remake with it’s fantasy, thriller science fiction, horror appeal. Even a Steven Speilberg movie. The Twilight Zone has entrenched itself in popular culture. School Zone Productions of The Twilight Zone is attempting to capture the the flavor of the original television show with three adaptations by local writer Christopher Tobin.

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WAM October 27-28 Liner Notes Eren Bayazitoglu

Eren Bayazitoglu’s parents dream was for Eren to follow in his fathers footsteps. So they enrolled him in the business program at Memorial University.

Eren obliged his parents and now he is using his business expertise to pursue his own dream….music.

Building his confidence with the band Every7th which garnered a number of MusicNL nominations, Eren has just released his first solo CD entitled,” Turkish Delight”.

Eren’s love of jazz, rock and classical gendres is ever present in his music, as is his roots and close family ties, like the song,”Ask” which he dedicated to his Nanny Suya.

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WAM Oct 27-28 Patrick Foran

He’s got a thetre and a business background. Now Patrick Foran is the new general manager at the theatre company, Artistic Fraud. In fact, the general manager itself is a new position. Foran has worked with theatre companies in Ontarios and in Newfoundland, including Artisic Fraud. I spoke with Patrick Foran in our studio earlier this week.

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WAM Oct 27-28 New Media Panel

Every day the discussions are happening in cyberspeace on social media. If twitter is your thing. Or Facebook, or youtube or any one of the many forms of social media out there. This morning we’re going to talk about social media and its impact on the arts and culture industries. How it’s being used. How it could be used better. Joshua Jamieson is the communications officer for the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council. Chad Pelley is a copywriter, an author and blogger. Sarah Smellie handles communications for the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.

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Patrick Warner - new collection

A double EJ Pratt poetry award winner is launching a new collection. Patrick Warner turns the concept of perfection on its head.

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Sri Lankan-Newfoundland author Tara Nanayakkara

A Sri Lankan-Newfoundland author draws on her own challenges in fitting in to craft a novel she calls "an old fashioned love story".

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Artist Diana Dabinett

Artist Diana Dabinett on her new (very different) work, on getting stuck in an artistic rut, and how she pulled herself out to produce a bold new show. 

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Piano Prodigy

A 7-year-old is winning awards for her proficiency on the piano. Host Chris O'Neill-Yates introduces you to Alicia Mason-Quinton.

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Women in film: the numbers

Numbers released this week during the St. John's Women's International Film Festival paint a dismal picture for women directors and screenwriters. Host Chris O'Neill-Yates speaks with Noreen Golfman, chair of the St. John's International Women's Film Festival; Emerging filmmaker Jordan Canning; documentary and feature filmmaker Barbara Doran, and Rina Fraticelli from Women in View, the organization that compiled the statistics. 

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WFF: Midnight's Children

The 23rd St. John's International Film Festival opened on Tuesday night with a screening of Deepa Mehta's epic, Midnight's Children. It is based on the Booker Award Winning novel by Salman Rushdie, who also wrote the screenplay. This was the Atlantic Canada premiere of the film. Host Chris O'Neill-Yates caught up with Director Deepa Mehta on the red carpet at opening night.

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WAM Oct 20-21 Liner Notes Brad Fillatre

It was sort of a forgone conclusion that Brad Fillatre was going to have a career in music. His formative years started in Corner Brook noodling on his grandmothers old upright piano and playing local dances with his teenage friends.

It was when he moved to Toronto seven years ago that he embarked on a solo career. With the release of his new debut solo EP,”ForYour Weakness”, Brad knows that he made the right decision. It’s song like this one,” New Tattoo” that makes it all worthwhile.

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WAM October 13-14 Ben Cox

Benjamin Cox has lived through a lot of turmoil in his life… Much of it caused by his own behavior. From a promising career as an ER nurse, Cox turned to drugs. Even using his position to steal narcotics to keep his habit going. But Cox wasn’t finished falling yet. He got caught. Benjamin Cox tells his story in a self-published book called “My Name is Ben and I’m and Addict”. His book has sold out and now he’s attracted a publisher. Cox stopped by our studio to tell me about his descent to the depths of drug addition… And the rude awakening that put him on the road to recovery.

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WAM Oct 13-14 Meg Warren

It’s going to be a tense night for Meg Warren. Her group Repartee is up for a record-tying five nominations. It’s a pretty exciting time in Megs’s house because she isn’t the only one under her roof nominated for multiple Music NL Awards. In fact, she and her partner are nominated for some of the same awards!! Meg Warren stopped into our Weekend AM studio to have a chat with me.

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WAM Oct 13-14 Mistaken Point

Love of place is a powerful emotion. Sometimes it’s as if it chooses us, not the reverse. That could define Kelly Bruton’s love with Mistaken Point. Fossils dating back almost 600 million years. Immortalized in rock at the edge of a continent. It is this connection that Kelly Bruton captures in her textile exhibit opening today at Devon House. And the images are - quite frankly - an expression of love to Mistaken Point. I caught up with Kelly at Devon House as she was putting the finishing touches on her exhibit.

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WAM Oct 13-14 Tea Cups

Tea. Books. Your idea of a great afternoon? It’s potter Maaike Charron’s idea of a great exhibit. Every one of those tea cups tells a story, quite literally, from her book shelves Her exhibition opens at Devon House this afternoon. I dropped down to have a peek as Maaike was setting up.

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WAM Oct 13-14 Shandi Mitchell

When it comes to Shandi Mitchell’s film, The Disappeared there are two compelling stories. The making of the film itself and of the turbulent water she navigated to film it. Then the actual story…. of a crew set adrift in dories hundreds of miles offshore. The who thing was remarkably shot at sea off Lunenburg. The Disappeared stars a couple of actors from this province - Shaun Doyle and Brian Downey. Shandi Mitchell directed The Disapeeared which screens at the St. John’s International Film Festival this coming Friday, October 19th at the LSPU Hall.

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WAM Oct 13-14 Rita Fraticelli

You’ve undoubtedly heard of the glass ceiling. It keeps women and visible minorities out of the top jobs. But have you ever heard of the celluloid ceiling? As a fillmaker Rina Fraticelli has lived it. She’s also studied it. And she’s leading a panel where she will release those numbers at next week’s St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. I reached her in Toronto.

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WAM Oct 13-14 Andrew James O'Brien

Andrew James O’Brien was the star last year at the MusicNL Awards. Rising Star. Male Artist and Folk/Pop Recording of the Year. Andrew’s been on a huge ride ever since. And he’s performing at MusicNL week. He stopped still long enough to come in for a chat with me in our Weekend AM studio.

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WAM Oct 13-14 Edmund Stapleton

Edmund Stapleton is a name few of you may recognize. But a developing artists grant puts him closer to the career he’s striving toward as an actor. Edmund comes from Paradise. He is in his final year of acting school at the University of Alberta. The head of the faculty there nominated Edmund for the Hnatyshyn Foundation English Theatre Grant. And Edmund beat out acting students from all over the country. And the grand doesn’t just carry prestige, it comes with an award of 10-thousand dollars. I reached Edmund at his home in Alberta.

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WAM Oct 13-14 Ashley Fayth

Ashley Fayth was born in the tiny community of Hickman’s Harbour, Randon Island but she has been spending the majority of her music career performing throughout Europe and the U.S. This weekend she’s home for the Music NL Awards.

Ashley’s passion is writing and performing live but she is slowly learning how to wear all the musical hats to make it in the music industry. Ashley’s latest CD,’ Wonder Wonder” is about being comfortable and enjoying the simple things of life like,’ Peanut Butter”.

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WAM Oct 6-7 Lisa Payne

It’s natural for most people to care about what others think about us. Women face that pressure in many ways. Lisa Payne has grappled with issues such as self-confidence, feeling overwhelmed. All this while trying to be the perfect woman. Lisa drew on those feelings and the result is a self-help book called, “What if They Knew: Secrets of an Impressive Woman”. She is attempting to teach women to love themselves while facing their own truth, both the positive and negative aspects of truth. Lisa stopped by the Weekend AM studio to talk with me about her book.

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WAM Oct 6-7 Jenn Winsor

It’s the week the music industry in the province looks forward to. Music NL Week. It’s a time for musicians and those behind the scenes to come together to celebrate, network and simply enjoy the music being produced in the province. Jenn Winsor is the communications and program coordinator for Music NL. She stopped by to give us a sense of how the week will shape up.

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WAM Oct 6-7 Eastern Edge

Mary MacDonald can barely containe her excitement and enthusiasm. In fact, she isn’t even trying to. Mary was just hired as the new director of the Eastern Edge Gallery. Mary is from Nova Scotia, but she has spent time in this province. I asked her to stop by and introduce herself and to tell us about her vision for the Eastern Edge gallery.

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'WAM Oct 6-7 Charlie A'Court

That’s Charlie A’Court from his latest album. “Triumph and Disaster” has just been released. Charlie A’Court’s new album is drenched in influences from Newfoundland. It’s produced by Chris Kirby. It was mixed by Scott Hammond at the Blue Room in Stephenville. And he has co-written a song for the album with Ron Hynes. Charlie brings his soulful melodies and latest compositions from his new album to the stage at the Fat Cat in St. John’s on Saturday, October 13th. I caught up with Charlie from his home in Nova Scotia.

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WAM Oct 6-7 Feast of Pottery

The table is being set in fine style for Thanksgiving at the Quidi Vidi Plantation. The creme de la creme of the province’s potters - and a few from away - are providing magnificent table settings. It is a show of functional tableware from potters and ceramic artists. Pete Stanbridge is the manager at the Quidi Vidi Plantation. Wendy Shirran, Isabella St. John and Alexis Templeton are among the potters adorning the Thanksgiving table with their work. I dropped doen to take a look at the Feast of Pottery and to speak with them.

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WAM Liner Notes Amelia Curran

She is this provinces’ latest Juno Award winner. Her music has been compared to Leonard Cohen and Patsy Cline. Even with the release of her latest CD,” Spectators” Amelia Curran still finds it harder and harder to write her perfect lyric. She is constantly picking at each word trying to make less say more. Staying with her trademark minimalist approach,”Spectators”does employ brass, stings and guest notables like the Once on it’s soundtrack.

Amelia had to take a few runs at completing,’Spectators” but the ten track CD shows that her persistance did pay off. Tracks like this one,”Black Bird On Fire”

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WAM Sept 29-30 Julie Devaney

After five years in and out of hospital, Julie Devaney has got some story to tell. And she’s telling all in her book titled “My Leaky Body: Tales from the Gurney”. Julie’s illness has spurned a clarion call for change. But she does so with humour, not blame. Julie has gotten race reviews for her book…. And the performance she takes across the country to medical professionals a course in Bedside Manners 101.

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WAM Sept 29-30 John Landry

Country Music fans need no introduction to John Landry. He was riding high in the country charts almost immediately after releasing his first CD in 1999. John’s songwriting garnered him a Songwriting award from SOCAN. The Monrtealer raked in country music awards and was nominated for a Juno. But after 12 years of country fame, John passed up the road and the limelight to become a search and rescue pilot. And to raise a family.

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WAM Sept 29-30 Jeff Hutchings

Trophy trout. Turs. Moose, rabbits. These have been part of Jeff Hutchings’ life since he was a boy growing up in Central Newfoundland. For 15 years he’s been regaling readers…. taking them along on his oudoors advenutures between the covers of Newfoundland Sportsman Magazine. Now he’s compiled those stories into a book called “Early Rise”. Jeff Hutchings stopped by to talk with me about his book and the outdoors that inspired it.

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