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December 2012 Archives

WAM Dec 29-30 Liner Notes Tom and the Thomcats

Time now for Liner Notes….

Thom Coombs enjoys making music up in his bedroom on a four track cassette recorder. The stripped down, no frills approach has seen Thom release his previous nine projects in limited numbers.

However with the release of Thom and the Tomcats debut CD,” For Lovers and The Lonely Alike” Thom has spared no expense or time.

Tagged as an alternatie/ country/ folk/ rock and roll/ uneasy listening sound, some may find “For Lovers and the Lonely Alike” not perfectly polished but Thom believes its far from,’ Tarnished and Tainted”.

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WAM Dec 29-30 Denis Parker and Steve Hussey

More musicians from this province touring farther and selling more cds, digital downloads and vinyl than ever. Denis Parker from MusicNL and Steve Hussey from Fred’s Records tell us about 2012 in the music business.

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WAM Dec 29-30 Laura Churchill and Dorian Rowe

Laura Churchill and Dorian Rowe work with the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation - they know where film went in 2012, and where it’s bound to go in 2013.

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WAM Dec 29-30 Dave Andrews and Bill Rose

Visual Arts had a big year in 2012 … or did it? Dave Andrews from VANL and artist Bill Rose talk about the past … and the future on Weekend AM.

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WAM Dec 29-30 Krista Harris Walsh

2012 was a hop, skip and a jump for the dance community in the province. Kristin Harris Walsh of DanceNL talks about both the past and the future.

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WAM Dec 29-30 Amy House and Gaylene Buckle

2012 seems to have been a year where there was something or someone new on stage somewhere in the province - from Labrador down the Great Northern Peninsula, up and down almost every arm and bay of the province, all the way to the Avalon.

But was it a good year? Did things go well for dramatists and satirists and writers?

Amy House, artistic animateur of the Resource Centre for the Arts Theatre Company and Gaylene Buckle, general manager of Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador have fingers on those pulses.

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WAM Dec 22-23 Andrea Monro

Singer songwriter Andrea Monro first appeared at the annual Feast of Cohen some years ago, when the concert took place at the LSPU Hall. The show has become so big, that it has moved on to the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s.

And Andrea has progressed, also - a dietitian, a baker, a mother of two … but she’s still a singer and a songwriter. Ready to perform at this year’s Feast, the thirteenth.

But the Feast of Cohen will be extra special for Andrea this year. I spoke with her the other day and asked her why that is.

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WAM Dec 22-23 Justin Oakey

Crowdsourcing and community partnerships have become the lifeblood of small projects born from big dreams.

Justin Oakey is one of those with a dream - about a movie he wants to make.

The World Is Burning is the name of the short film he hopes to make in the early spring and Justin is back in the province now for the holidays. And to suss out some locations for his prospective shoot.

Justin joined me in the studio to talk about The World Is Burning, and I first asked him where he’s from.

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WAM Dec 22-23 Joshua Jamieson

Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Tumblr, Google Plus, youtube … the myriad social media we now use to communicate keep expanding, and we find ways of expanding our uses of the new methods.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council has seen the need to plunge in and ride the new wave.

Joshua Jamieson is the Communications Officer for the NLAC and he’s been tasked with implementing a social media strategy to guide the council through establishing and maintaining its online profile through a range of social media platforms.

Joshua joined me in the studio this week and I began our conversation by asking him what it means to institute a social media profile.

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WAM Dec 22-23 Liner Notes Rolling Kings

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“The Rolling Kings” are a high energy Celtic rock band that count among their many musical heros the Clancy Brothers and Jimi Hendrix.

With a mix of traditional and origional tunes the five friends have been lighting up the clubs and bars on George Street from end to end.

Now the Rolling Kings have managed to harness thier high energy show on their new debut CD,” Raise A Glass”.

And the guys will be the first to tell you that it all started on the ,” Streets of George”.

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Dec 22-23 on Weekend Arts Magazine

Get in the Christmas spirit on a relaxed weekend! Andy Jones will be here reading his Jack and the Manger story on Sunday morning - our gift to you. Andrea Monro tells us why the Feast of Cohen means so much to her. Justin Oakey is a filmmaker with a project — The World is Burning — a short film about a young man going back to a traditional way of life. And we’ll have plenty of seasonal music to soothe the parking woes and coffee jitters.

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.

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 Dec15-16 George Gregoire

George Gregoire is an Innu man born in the Labrador bush in the middle of the last century. George has seen a lot in his life and his memoir, Walk With My Shadow - The Life of an Innu Man, tells us much of that life. Of Innu life and culture from the inside. Of his childhood. Of his stuggle with alcoholism and his effort to help his people reclaim and regain control of their culture and their personal lives.

George Gregoire joined Mack Furlong this week in the studio. Mack asked George about the difference between his life as a child on the land and as an adult in a small community.

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WAM Dec15-16 Robyn Breen

DanceNL has been holding a series of free monthly workshops designed to expose the general public to many different dance genres while promoting wellness and physical activity.

NL Moves workshops are led by DanceNL members and highlight some of the work and skills of the dancers and movers of the province.

The December NL Moves session takes place next Saturday in St. John’s and will focus on youth.

Robyn Breen will present two workshops on creative movement.

During her studies in Toronto, which she’ll tell you about shortly, Robyn worked with choreographers such as Debra Brown of Cirque du Soleil fame, Danny Grossman, and Heidi Strauss. So she has plans for young people from the ages of 13 through 20.

I spoke with Robyn just the other day and asked her what young people will learn when they show up for the workshop.

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WAM Dec15-16 Chris Foster

Nova Scotia artist Chris Foster is quite concerned about the future of the world and how we’re going handle what comes at us. Most of the weirdness he sees as being our own fault. But Chris also envisions an intelligent and responsible reaction to our problems; at least, he remains optimistic that we can overcome our self-made obstacles.

But there are warnings. Chris - an illustrator, printmaker, sculptor and carpenter - offers work in several forms in his new show, Frontiers in Real Estate, opening today at Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s.

There are collages, there are modified model trucks, and there is a deal of good and dark humour in the work as well.

I visited with Chris in the gallery on Thursday.

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WAM Dec 15-16 Liner Notes Gary Wayne Smith

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Gary Wayne Smith’s music has been with him his whole life. From his early start of playing at kitchen parties to travelling the province performing at Folk Festivals.

Garys day job takes him all over the world. But his music is always as close as a scratch pad full of lyrics waiting to be put to music.

Recently Gary’s travels found him in a recording studio putting the finsihing touches on a CD, aptly called,’ Road Stories”.

Gary is in our Liner Notes studio today to chat with Chris O’Neil Yates about some of those road story songs…like the time he was looking for some,’ Carpenter’s Tool’s.”

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DEC 15-16 On Weekend Arts Magazine

Join Mack Furlong to hear all about the Pedlar Press Pop-Up event, just in time for holiday shopping! Plus the news about this year’s Tibb’s Eve celebrations. And a new exhibit at Eastern Edge Gallery. Gary Smith is on Liner Notes with his new cd, Road Stories.

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.

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 Dec8-9 Crafty Ladies

Local craftspeople are opening their studios for two days this weekend. They’ve been busy making all kinds of holiday crafts. Alexis Templeton is a potter, and so is Isabella St. John. Susan Lee Stephen makes metal jewelry. And Marnie Parsons makes hand printed books. I met up with all of then at Blue Moon Pottery in the Battery.

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WAM Dec 8-9 Sean McGinley

It’s become a huge TV hit. And part of the Republic of Doyle’s charm and intrigue is the conflict t between Jake Doyle and his private investigator parter and father, Malachy. Sean McGinley has gone on to performances alongside Mel Gibson in “Braveheart”, Liam Neeson in “Michael Collins” and dozens of other TV and movie roles. But on this side of the pond, McGinley is Mal, the steady as she goes dad who tries to rescue Jake from the endless stream of pickles he find himself embroiled in. This week Republic of Doyle finished shooting Season 4. I invited Sean McGinley to come by for a chat. And he accepted my invitation.

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WAM Dec8-9 Bruce Templeton

Bruce Templeton quite simply believes. He and Santa have had a pretty close relationship over the past 34 years. And during the entire month of December he does nothing but put smiles on people’s faces. Between the Santa Claus Parade and his visit to the The Janeway on Christmas Eve, he makes 52 visits. In fact it’s difficult to tell where Bruce Templeton ends and Santa begins. In those years and during all these visits he’s been asked a lot of questions. The Man in the Red Suit: A Memoir is comprised of twenty five questions than touched him profoundly. Bruce Templeton came by our studio earlier this week.

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WAM Dec 8-9 Gordon Quinton

If you see Gordon Quinton sitting in a coffee shop seeming to stare into space, chances are he has a lot on his mind….. musically speaking, Quinton is likely composing a tune. Sometimes it comes when he is strolling, contemplating nature’s magnificence. Or from the gentle purr of his cat, Quito. These influences and more have found their way into the tunes on Quinton’s brand new CD. A Guitar’s Story is Gordon’s story too. The story of the man and his music are inseparable. Gordon Quinton stopped by to talked with me about his love affair with the guitar, how it began and his latest labour of love.

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WAM Dec 8-9 Scott Goudie

Scott Goudie has immortalized places in this province that most people will never see any other way. Places such as the Torngat Mountains, Muskrat Falls. And because of his love of fishing he’s captures the peace and serenity of many a river, most notably Salmonier. But Goudies’s quest for beauty has also taken him to Germany, Iceland, India and many other places. A retrospective of Goudie’s 35 years as an artist opened last night at the Christina Parker Gallery. I dropped down for a look and a chat with the artist.

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WAM Liner Notes Hey Rosetta

Time now for Liner Notes….

Hey Rosetta is a band based in this province but they spend the vast majority of thier time travelling the world playing and promoting their music, building a fan base every chance they get.

However the band do make it a point of being home for Christmas. That’s when Hey Rosetta get to play for home town fans who were there from the start. And at this year’s show, Hey Rosetta will have a little something extra under the Christmas tree.

The band has just released an EP entitled,”A Cup Of Kindness Yet” containing four origional Christmas songs.

Bandmates Tim Baker and Phil Maloney dropped by our Liner Notes studio to talk about everything from radio, how the band got their name to releasing a Christmas CD with origional material like this one,”Carry Me Home”.

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WAM Dec1-2 Steve Sharpe

There is a movement afoot to put the steeple back on an historic church built in 1894. And some well-known works are lending a hand to the cause. It was a shock one morning in March 2010 when residents awoke to find the steeple from St. Philip's Anglican Church torn from the building and lying on the ground. The church is no longer used as a place of worship. A group in the town has been working to reattach the steeple to the idled heritage structure. Today the Church by the Sea Heritage Group is launching a calendar today to raise funds to help their cause. It is a souvenir collection of paintings of the iconic church. Steve Sharpe is with the Church by the Sea Heritage Group. He stopped by our studio to speak with me.
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WAM Dec1-2 Roch Carrier

Quebec novelist, playwright and short story author Roch Carrier believes it's difficult to get young people to read these days. Carrier is now 75 years old but he continues to exude passion for reading and literacy. Carrier is the honorary chair of the National Adult Literacy Database. He will meet with students at Holy Heart High School tomorrow. I caught up with Roch Carrier by phone during a break in the NALD board meeting in Fredericton.
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WAM Dec1-2 Trent McLellan

CBC's Battle of the Books is off and running. Canada Reads 2013 has a Newfoundland entry. This Year's competition pits different regions in Canada against each other. The Turf Wars panelists and finalists were revealed on Thursday. Lisa Moore's February is the Atlantic Canada finalist. Corner Brook stand-up comedian Trent McLellan will leave nothing to chance in defending Lisa's novel. I spoke with Trent after the panelists and the finalists were revealed.
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WAM Dec1-2 Atomic Warriors

Atomic Warriors is s folk musical that takes on some heady issues. Nuclear power. Uranium mining. Activism. The play is written and performed by Re-Actors Inc, an acting troupe from this province who have been studying in Harlowe, England for the past three months. The cast recently performed “Atomic Warriros: a Folk Musical” in Harlowe and this week they’re bringing it home to the Arts and Culture Centre. Darhen Sing plays Emma, Steph Schwarts plays Rosie. Jamie Skidmore directs. I reached them at the Harlowe Campus.

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WAM Dec1-2 Ennis

When they began performing outside of their family circle in 1997, it was clear there was something unique and special about Teresa, karen and Maureen, the Ennis Sisters. They won Music NL Awards, ECMA’s even a Juno. Teresa went off on her own to record an album in 2007. Karen and Maureen became “Ennis”. Now the Ennis Sisters have reunited for a Newfoundland tour. They dropped by our studio for a chat.

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WAM dEC 1-2 Lisa Moore

Lisa Moores dazzling, insightful novel February has gotten a lot of praise since it was published in 2009. Now it’s about to get a whole lot more as the Atlantic Canada finalist in the Canad Reads Turf Wars. February is a beautifully told story centring around Helen O’Mara, mother of three, pregnant on her fourth. Then a tragedy rips asunder her dream, as she loses the love of her life, Cal, and tries to forge ahead and find meaning in life without him. That February thirty years ago, the sinking of the Ocean Ranger an event that’s left a gaping gash in our collective souls even now. Lisa Moore was in Toronto and when I reached her had just gotten the news that she’s a finalist in Canada Reads.

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