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February 2013 Archives

AM Feb 23-24 Interview - The Freels

Traditional music - the next generation! That's what the critics are saying about The Freels, an enthusiastic young group, with the emphasis on young - two of the members study at Memorial and the other two are still in high school. The Freels consists of Anthony Chafe, Maria Peddle, Danny Mills and Andrew Fitzgerald. Danny and Andrew join Mack for a chat.

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WAM Feb 23-24 Newfoundland artists go to Venice

For painters, printmakers, sculptors, and installation artists, the Venice Biennale has long been the Holy Grail. Visitors, upwards of a half-million of them, make the pilgrimage to the Island city, attending the bi-annual event which showcases some of the art world's unique and contemporary practitioners. This year, two of those exhibiting their work alongside the canals will be Peter Wilkins and Will Gill, both headquartered here in Newfoundland. They join host Mack Furlong in the Weekend Arts Magazine Studio

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WAM Feb 23-24 Lori-Ann Campbell - Faceless Dolls

An art exhibit that commemorates the lives of children and women from Newfoundland and Labrador who are missing or have been murdered - That's The Faceless Dolls Project, coming in March. The idea is to create a felt doll in the name of each and every one of the victims.  They will be remembered, their lives honoured and their families respected.  The project is sponsored by the St. John's Native Friendship centre and requires your knowledge and know-how to get things off the ground.  Lori-Ann Campbell is the Women's Program Co-Ordinator for the St. John's Native Friendship Centre.  She speaks with Mack.
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WAM Feb 23-24 Liner Notes - Those Lasers

Those Lasers is a group comprised of two sets of best friends - one set from St. John's, and one set from Port aux Basques.  They've melded diverse influences to create their own brand of dancy indie-rock, and they've just released an EP of original music called Work Out.  Host Mack Furlong speaks wth Chris Clarke and Steve Doyle.

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WAM Feb 23-24 Veselina Tomova - Crossings

Veselina Tomova's new showCrossings opens this week at the Red Ochre Gallery in St. John's.  It explores that place between the old world and the new, between departure and arrival, the space where we are pulled in two directions.  Mack visited with Veselina at the Gallery to see the new work.

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WAM Feb 17 Catherine Hogan Safer - Lawrence Jackson Writer's Award

The Lawrence Jackson Writer's Award is an annual prize of $500 that also encourages and promotes original and creative thought in all genres of writing.  It honours the memory of writer Lawrence Jackson.  Catherine Hogan Safer won this year's award.  Catherine's 2005 book, Bishop's Road, was shortlisted for the amazon.ca Books in Canada award.  Her children's book, What If Your Mom Made Raisin Buns won the Marianna Dempster Memroial award and was shortlisted for the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award. She has won Arts and Letters Awards, been published in Riddle Fence and recorded by Rattling Books.  Catherine is finishing a second novel and polishing a collection of short stories with support from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.  Which is how she came to the Jackson Prize - all applicants for NLAC's Project Grants are eligible and the winner is chosen by peer assessment.  Catherine joined Mack Furlong this week to talk about the award and her craft.
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WAM Feb 17 Liner Notes - Al Brake

Mack Furlong's conversation with St. Fintan's native Al Brake; from his current come in Fort MacMurray, Alberta.  Al has just released his debut, self-titled, country album.
 
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WAM Feb 17 Curtis Andrews in Ghana

Curtis Andrews is an award-winning musician with a high profile.  He plays jazz, rock, reggae and ska.  He also studies and performs African and Indian drum music, travelling to both continents for the purposes of studying with masters.  Ghana in particular holds a great attraction for Curtis, both for the music of the country and its people.  In the past, Curtis has raised money for the small village where he studies.  Now he wants to take you there on a drum, dance, and cultural tour of Dzogadze, Western Africa.  He speaks with host Mack Furlong
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WAM Feb 17 Poverty Cove Theatre - Our Eliza

Host Mack Furlong speaks with Meghan Coles and Shannon Hawes of The Poverty Cove Theatre Company about their production of Meghan's script Our Eliza.
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WAM Feb 16 The Tonmeister

Here at the Weekend Arts Magazine, we like to find out what people behind the scenes in the arts world do. The set designers, booking agents, or wardrobe designers are at.Today, Geoff Martin. Geoff has engineered himself into a major position at one of the most prestigious sound equipment manufacturers in the world - he is tonmeister for Bang & Olufsen in Copenhagen.What, you might ask is a tonmeister, and how do you get to be one of those?Those are questions I put to Geoff when I spoke with him recently.

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WAM Feb 16 Michael Wert

Michael Wert is a writer and researcher with a passion for the stories of the Blue Puttees. Who were they? What were they like? How did the war affect them?

If you are related to a member of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment who served in World War I, then perhaps you could help Michael tell those important, human stories.

Michael plans a television documentary hoping that in truth, we will always remember. When The Boys Came Home: The Blue Puttees After the Great War. What got him started? He found a copy of the inaugural 1920 Blue Puttees reunion program.

Today, Michael is in Corner Brook and hopes you will come out and meet him, perhaps share a family story.

I spoke with Michael this week and asked him what he imagines the documentary will look like.

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Whoopsie! Middle of February! Some of what's on February 16 - 17

Geoff Martin works as a tonmeister for Bang and Olufsen - what the heck is a tonmeister, and how do you get a job like that? Poverty Cove Theatre launches a new play by Megan Coles this week - Megan will talk about the work and you'll hear a scene.  The show stars Greg Malone, Joel Thomas Hynes and RenĂ©e Hackett.  Lois Brown directs.  Mike Wert is collecting all things Blue Puttees for a documentary film, he'll tell us what he wants.  You can go drumming and dancing in Ghana with ECMA winner Curtis Andrews - what could be more fun than that!  Lawnya Vawnya, the downtown arts festival in St. John's, announces some of their upcoming schedule.  St. Fintan's native Al Brake is on Liner Notes with his new cd, the eponymously entitled Al Brake.

WAM Feb 9-10 Prince of Wales Collegiate - Les Mis

Mack stops by to check out rehersals for PWC's production of Les Mis
 
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WAM Feb 9-10 Newfoundland arts posters archive

You've seen them on telephone poles, pasted over doors in alleyways, flapping in the breeze from construction hoardings. - and many of them have ended up in the collection of the Centre for Newfoundland studies at Memorial University.  Friday night, the Queen Elizabeth II library opened an exhibit in the First Space Gallery - From the Archive: Newfoundland and Labrador Performing Arts Posters.  Colleen Quigley is responsible for the Performing Arts Collection at the QEII's Archives and Special Collections.  She speaks with host Mack Furlong.
 
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Liner Notes - Matthew Hornell: WAM Feb 9-10

Matthew Hornell is a Grands Falls native who is making a name for himself all over atlantic Canada.  He speaks with Mack Furlong about his soon-to-be-released second album Times of Trouble.

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WAM Feb 09-10 Cupids

Peter Laracy, of the Cupids Legacy Centre, wants Cupids to have a place at the museaum of history in Ottawa's online timeline of notable people, places, and things.  He speaks with host Mack Furlong.
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WAM Feb 09-10 Brent Coffin - Living Gowns

Stephenville-born artist Brent Coffin graduated from the visual arts program at Grenfell College in Corner Brook.  Next Saturday, Brent opens an exhibition at the Leyton Gallery of Fine Art in St. John's.  Living Gowns combines his painterly side with his design side.  Gowns appear alongside the paintings that depict them.  And where there are gowns, there is a runway ... and a fashion show.  Brent speaks with host Mack Furlong.

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WAM Feb 09-10 Acres and Acres

Acres and Acres, although promoting just their second album, are already one of Atlantic Canada's most highly regarded independent bands.  Truth and Sky, the new disc, has won them accolades across the region and beyond.  Mack speaks with Kris Pope.

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WAM Feb 09-10 WIlliam Pryse-Phillips - Free Flight

He's published over 100 scholarly articles, four books on Neurology in 14 editions and four languages, and presented over thirty University orations; but finally, William Pryse-Phillips has achieved a life-long desire - he's just launched a book about a gannet who is afraid of flying.  William speaks with host Mack Furlong.

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Get Up with this weekend's show! February 9 - 10, 2013

First time children's book author and neurologist William Pryse-Phillips talks about Free Flight.  Prince of Wales Collegiate prepares their production of Les Mis, set to open on Valentine's Day - how do they feel about toiling in the shadow of a blockbuster film?  Geoff Martin works as a tonmeister for Bang and Olufsen - what the heck is a tonmeister, and how do you get a job like that?  New exhibits open at the Leyton Gallery of Fine Art and the First Space at Queen Elizabeth II Library - one of fine gowns, the other of poster art.  Matthew Hornell appears on Liner Notes with his about-to-be-released cd Have It All.

WAM Feb 02-03 Liner Notes The McGrath Family - "Make the Circle Wide"

We all know how those parties go ... a few drinks, a plate of food, then out come the guitars, whistles, drums, and before you know it ... party.

Liner Notes today features a party that drew family - those are well-known, too.

But family from all over the world!  The McGrath Family has members on four continents and many of them descended on Dublin last year.

Two of the McGraths are O'Byrnes - noted traditional musicians Fergus O'Byrne and his son, Fergus Brown-O'Byrne.

One thing lead to another, and the family went into a recording studio.  The result is a mix of Irish favourites and new tunes from Newfoundland, Australia and America released as a cd called Make The Circle Wide.

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WAM Feb 02-03 Dominic Wrizile

I received an email the other day from a young man hoping to promote his new collection of poetry, The Epitome of Life.

Dominic Wrizile is the young man, and in his note he told me he'd come to Newfoundland from Uganda. I thought, now there would me an interesting tale for you to hear.

Little did I realize.

Dominic has an almost-unbelievable story to tell, about survival, hope lost and won again, and how he got out of East Africa to publish a collection of poetry in Newfoundland.

I began our conversation by asking him where he is from and how he got here.

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WAM Feb 02-03 Kelly Hill

You've heard Kelly Hill on the Weekend Arts Magazine many times in the past, bringing us surveys focussed on arts and cultural activities in Canada: how we support them, who attends them, or how much we spend on them.

Well this week, Kelly and his company, Hill Strategies, released a new study on how arts and cultural activities affect your health and outlook.  The report is called The Arts and Individual Well-Being in Canada.

I called Kelly Hill earlier this week and asked him just what was he looking at?

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WAM Feb 02-03 Greg Locke

Greg Locke's profile as a photographer lists international publication and awards for his prolific industrial, commercial, environmental and editorial work.

Greg is also a "fine" photographer, and his portraits and cultural work are well known.

But it has been fifteen years since Greg Locke exhibited any of his photographs. That changed this week, however, as Greg opened a show last night at Hava Java in downtown St. John's.

The NSO Portraits is a series that captures musicians. Some of the photographs are whimsical, some are humourous, some are candid ... all are fascinating.

I spoke with Greg yesterday before the exhibit opened and began by asking him, why wait fifteen years between shows?

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