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March 2013 Archives

WAM March 30 - Tourism Minister Terry French

Finance minister Jerome Kennedy brought down his first budget on Tuesday this past week and the effects will be felt by everybody in the province, everywhere in the province.

Workers in the arts and cultural sectors prove no exception.

Terry French is the minister of tourism, culture and recreation.  I spoke with him Wednesday about the impact on his department and the areas in the province it .

 

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WAM March 30 - Steady Rain

When Aiden Flynn, artistic director of Rabbittown Theatre took up the position of Manager of Programming and Partnerships for the Arts and Culture Centres, some of us thought he might have stepped away from Rabbittown and from acting.

Well, nothing could have been further from the truth.

Aiden and Rabbittown are back in the traces this coming week with a production of Keith Huff's award-winning script, A Steady Rain.

Petrina Bromley directs Aiden and Steve O'Connell. I gathered them in the studio this week and asked Petrina to give us the thumbnail sketch of A Steady Rain.

 

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WAM March 30 Liner Notes - Jane Ogilvie

Time for Liner Notes, and this morning we feature Jane Ogilvie with her debut CD called "Call of the Glens".
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WAM March 23-24 Liner Notes - Jeff Johnston

Playing together since the mid-80's, pianist Jeff Johnston, bassist Jim Vivian, and drummer Mike Billard have performed and recorded albums with internationally acclaimed guests like trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, guitarist John Abercrombie and saxophonist Dave Liebman.

But this time around, it's the main group on its own.  On today's Liner Notes we feature the new Jeff Johnston Trio cd, Returning.

Recorded at the prestigious Pierre Marchand studio in Montreal, produced by their long-time friend Glen Tilley, the cd Returning shows off the almost telepathic interaction the band has developed over their history.

Jeff writes all the material for the group and I called him in Montreal earlier this week to talk about the new disc.  But first, here's a sample from Returning.

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WAM March 23-24 Alisa Palmer

Alisa Palmer is the Artistic Director of the English Section of the National Theatre School.  Appointed to the position in only January of this year, Alisa is embarking on her first national audition tour, which brings her to St. John's next week.

All the audition spaces have been taken.  She'll see X number of actors from Newfoundland and Labrador.  I wanted to know what an NTS education can do for young thesps, what they'll learn, and how far the NTS will go to attract young people inside its walls, so I rang Alisa up and asked how extensive her cross-Canada tour is.

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WAM March 23-24 Katie Corbett

Painter Katie Corbett finds herself on the Trans Canada Highway a fair bit, and when you combine that amount of time driving from St. John's to Corner Brook and back with cellphone coverage that drops out somewhere around scenic Green Bay, then you can imagine that Katie's thoughts turn to her art.

That's just what's happened. Katie opened the exhibit of the art resulting from contemplative time on the TCH this past week in Corner Brook at the JL Gallery of Modern Art and Design.

But there's nothing like hearing the story from the artist herself, so I asked her to tell us.

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The Cohen Poem Contest Prize!

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WAM March 23-24 Kelly Hill

Do you donate money to your favourite theatre group or dance company?  Do you volunteer to set up chairs for a concert or collect tickets at the door or construct sets and costumes?

There are many ways to help our amateur and professional workers in the arts and cultural sectors.

Hill Strategies Research offers statistical insights into the arts and uses census information to divine just how much you donors and volunteers actually give to those organizations in a new report just released.

I rang Kelly Hill, president of Hill Strategies, in Hamilton, Ontario and asked him why it is important to investigate volunteers and donors with this research.

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The Cohen Poem Contest!

Leonard Cohen is coming to Newfoundland next month to give a concert in St. John's. But not everybody has a ticket. We know that. Sony Records knows that. So between the Weekend Arts Magazine and Sony, we've put together a special Leonard Cohen gift pack to soothe your Cohen Jones, it's the prize for the Cohen Poem Contest. We'll send one pack each to two lucky listeners -one from the metro St. John's area, one from someone outside the metro area.

It's a biiiiig prize, too. Each prize consists of a copy of the new hardcover book "I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen"; a copy of Leonard's new CD "Old Ideas"; a copy of the double CD "The Essential Leonard Cohen"; and a vinyl copy of the new album "Old Ideas."

But we're going to make you work for it.

We want you to write a Cohen Poem. It doesn't have to be long, or deeply meaningful, just something in the Leonard Cohen style.

Then we want you to phone us and read or sing your poem.

Call us at 576.5245 in the St. John's area, or 1.877.576.5245 if you live outside the St. John's area.

You can tweet a short poem to me, @CBCWAM.

Or email one to me, wam@cbc.ca.

We want your Cohen Poem! You could win the big Weekend AM / Sony Records Leonard Cohen Prize.

We'll draw for the winners on Saturday, April 20.

One entry per person, please. We will discard multiples - cruel, I know, but one chance for all, closing date is Monday, April 15 at midnight.

WAM March 23-24 Doug Dunsmore

Doug Dunsmore moved to St. John's for work, and found his home.

Doug has been instructing at Memorial University's School of Music in St. John's for over thirty years.  Doug has retired from the official job, but that does not mean his work is done!

Two of Doug's former students - Chad Stride, now director of the Cantus Vocum choir, and Kellie Walsh, director of Shallaway, Newman Sound and Lady Cove choirs - joined myself and Doug in the studio for a reminiscence.  I asked Doug if he ever thought he'd be retiring from the job he took over thirty years ago.

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WAM March 23-24 Shirley Montague

You know the Summer draws closer when the year's Trails, Tales and Tunes roster is announced. It is now! Norris Point prepares!

So do Shirley Montague and her crew of trailerwalkerss, tellers and tunesmiths. Intimate venues with a cast of creative locals are the hallmark of this wide-ranging festival. Not to mention the physical attractions of Bonne Bay, Rocky Harbour, Neddy's Harbour, Woody Point, Gros Morne National Park ...

I called Shirley earlier this week to get the lowdown and began by asking her how long the festival has been in existence.

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WAM March 23-24 Keith Pike

In 1978, Maxim Mazumdar realized his dream of establishing a summer repertory theatre festival and drama academy that would engage young performers and seasoned professionals alike. The place was to be Stephenville and thirty-five years later, the Stephenville Theatre Festival celebrates that past while living entirely in the present.

Keith Pike is the artistic director of the festival. He dropped by the studio recently to talk about the upcoming summer season. I began by asking Keith what we can expect to see on the stage this year.

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WAM March 16-17 MUN gets a gamelan

Dr. Ellen Waterman is the dean of the school of music at MUN.  She speaks with Mack Furlong about MUN's aquisition of  a rare Indonesian instrument - the gamelan. 

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Bill Brennan has been playing gamelan since the `80's and brings along with that experience a unique sensibility as a pianist, percussionist, arranger, composer and improviser.  Bill guides Mack through the gamelan and it's various sections.

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WAM March 16-17 Fieldwork - Photography exhibit at The Rooms

Fieldwork is a joint exhibit containing the work of three documentary photographers - Steve Payne, John Haney and Scott Walden - who have a deep and abiding passion for this province. 

Steve Payne's Front is a collection of photos that capture what you might call the "Western facade" on stores and houses that almost inexplicably is popular across the province.  They look like the fake fronts of saloons and other buildings in cowboy movies.

John Haney's Common Prayer is a series that shows houses of prayer - or houses that used to be about prayer - across the Atlantic Provinces.  What once were churches may now be condos or souvenir shops.

Sott Walden's series is called All the Clubs From Holyrood to Brigus, and features slice-of-life snapshots of the watering holes along the Conception Bay Highway, Route 60.

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WAM March 16-17 Liner Notes - Vernon Regehr

Vernon Regehr has performed as a soloist with the Newfoundland Sinfonia, and the Memorial University Chamber Orchestra, among others.  He is heavily involved with the Tuckamore Music Festival as in instructor, is a founding member of The Spectrolite Ensemble - and -  he has just released a CD of solo cello music. Full Spectrum showcases a wide range of styles and emotions, and music from some of Vernon's favourite composers.  Vernon speaks with host Mack Furlong.

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Memorial School of Music Gamelan

Memorial's School of Music will name its gamelan on Thursday. The ceremony begins at 4:00 on the Upper Concourse of the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre. There's no admission and everybody is welcome. There will be a performance on gamelan - this is a picture of the gamelan in the "factory" with the man who created it, Tentrem Sarwento.


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And here's a photo of the gamelan in its new St. John's home.


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Beauty!  See you there?

WAM March 16-17 Hinduism and Islam in Sundanese music

Memorial University's Music, Media and Place Research Centre's concludes it's 2012-13 lecture series next week with a talk from Dr. Sean Williams, of Evergreen State College. She will present Crossing the Divide: Hinduism and Islam in Sundanese Music. The Sundanese people of West Java, Indonesia, are known in that country as conservative Muslims. But their music, which includes over 200 genres, is complex and defies easy compartmentalization. There is a heavy influence from Hindu and animist stories, traditions and musical materials. An ethnomusicologist, Dr. Williams has travelled and studied extensively in the region. Her interests include not only music, but also cultural studies, social justice and religion. Dr. Williams speaks with host Mack Furlong.

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WAM March 16-17 Canada Writes - Rod Moody Corbett

CBC's Canada Writes, the online literary destination section of CBC Books, with its partners the Canada Council for the Arts, Air Canada's enRoute magazine and The Banff Centre; has announced the finalists for this year's CBC Short Story Prize. Rod Moody Corbett is nominated for "Parse," the story of a parting told in one breathless, neurotic, heartbroken sentence. Mack Furlong rang Rod in Calgary and congratulated him on reaching the short list of the Canada Writes Short Story Prize.

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WAM March 16-17 MIRIAD

Philippa Jones, recent participant of the Elbow Room Artist-in-Residence program at The Rooms, has created a wild exhibit as a result of that residency, called MIRIAD. During a series of expeditions that Philippa led to the mythical island of Miriad, members of the public adopted roles ranging from geologist to shaman, gathering 'evidence' to support imagined truths. The resulting objects, images and conjectures have been interpreted by Phillipa, all culminating in an installation that plays with imagination and truth, the scientific and the subjective. Host Mack Furlong spoke with Philippa Jones at The Rooms.

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WAM March 09-10 Provincial Drama Festival 2013

Kathleen Hicks chairs the host committee of Provincial Drama Festival 2013, held this year in Happy Valley Goose Bay.  The group attending the festival from St. John's is School Zone Productions.  They will be presenting Frank Holden's play, Judge Prowse Presiding.  Mack speaks with Frank and Kathleen.

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Wam March 09-10 Jordan Canning - working for Netflix

Jordan Canning is one of the province's most highly regarded young filmmakers.  She's won several awards for her short films and continues working on scripts and new projects.  Now she's got a gig as a tagger for Netflix; the online, on demand movie business.  Mack called her up to see what it's all about.

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WAM March 09-10 Liner Notes - Dave Whitty

Mount Pearl's Dave Whitty combines folk and punk influences to create a distinctly "newfoundland" brand of music, which has taken him to places as far away as Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where he'll be playing on St. Patrick's day.  Dave currently spends his time between Newfoundland and Toronto, where he recorded his Let it Rest EP.  Dave is back in Newfoundland at the moment and getting ready to record a full length with his band...  Mack sat down to talk to Dave about Let it Rest, and his upcoming CD.

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WAM March 09-10 Paul Pope wins an award

Paul Pope has worked tirelessly in the film community of Newfoundland and Labrador since the mid-70's.  He runs his own film company, Pope Productions; and has produced work like Extraordinary Visitor, Secret Nation, Above and Beyound, Rare Birds and My Left Breast.  Now, he's won the Douglas James Dales Industry Builders Award from PS Production Services.  Paul speaks with host Mack Furlong.

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WAM March 09-10 Shalloway Goes to Portugal

Shallaway Youth in Chorus likes taking their young singers to places they've never been before ... like Portugal!  Kellie Walsh fills Mack in on the trip and a special concert!

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WAM March 09-10 Roy Payne remembers Stompin' Connors

Newfoundland singer-songwriter Roy Payne met Stompin' Tom Connors at Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern more than 40 years ago.  They played many of the same bars and clubs.  They became friends.  And they even tried writing a song together.  Mack reached Roy Payne at his home in Mattawa, Ontario.

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WAM March 09-10 Sweet

Sweet is a new exhibit of cupcake-inspired craft at the Craft Council Gallery in St. John's. Mack speaks with Sharon Leriche, the director of the gallery at the Craft Council, and artist Janet Peter in the Annex Gallery.

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WAM March 09-10 Mary Walsh - Woman of the Year

Actor, writer, director, social and political activist Mary Walsh will have to make more room on the mantelpiece.  She's got to hang those doctorates on the wall and shunt aside some of her eighteen Gemini Awards to make room for this latest accolade.  The National Women's Committee of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, ACTRA, acclaimed Mary as the 2013 Woman of the Year on Thursday evening.  She speaks with host Mack Furlong.

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WAM Mar 02-03 Dead Reckoning

Comprised of life-long cousins who were more importantly life-long friends Tim Norman, Perry Murphy and Mike Kelly, Dead Reckoning seemed headed for the headlines. They swept out of their Long Harbour home, took St. John's by storm and headed off to Toronto. that was the mid-90's. Now they're back for a fundraising concert for the Janeway, and they're recording new material. Mack speaks with bassist Tim and drummer Perry.

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WAM Mar 02-03 Liner notes - Pamela Morgan

It's been seven years since Pamela Morgan's last recording: Ancestral Songs. In that time, she's worked on her own folk-opera, The Nobelman's Wedding; continued to run her own record label, Amber Music; studied graphic design; AND... there is also the small matter of receving an honourary doctorate from Memorial University. But that's not all. She has also found time to record a brand new album: Play On. Pamela joins Mack to talk about Play On.

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WAM Mar 2-3 Louise Moyes - Moore-Gallant: A Docudance

Louise Moyes is one of the hardest-working and creative people in the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts scene.  She has created a unique style of her own - the docu-dance - that blends her skills and talents as a dancer, storyteller, filmmaker, researcher, and sociologist.  Louise returns to the stage this coming week with four nights of performance at the LSPU Hall in St. John's presenting Moore-Gallant: a docudance.  Host Mack Furlong spoke with Louise in the WAM studio.
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WAM Mar 2-3 Anna Williams - Dark Timber

Anna Williams is an artist whose sculptures employ the animal and narrative to examine the constrictuon and manipulation of identity in contemporary society - That's the textbook description.  Her piece, Dark Timber, currently on display at Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John's, employs textiles, bronze and glass.  Mack met with Anna at the gallery.
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WAM Mar 2-3 Jessica Bashline - The Drowning Girls

The Strange Sun Theatre has chosen The Drowning Girls as their debut production, off-Broadway in New York City at Walkerspace.  Jessica Bashline is the director of The Drowning Girls and co-artistic director of Strange Sun.  She speaks with host Mack Furlong.
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WAM Mar 2-3 John Ennis - Sigur Ros poetry

John Ennis is an Irish poet who has a special connection to Newfoundland and Labrador - he has edited a book of Irish and Newfoundland poetry; he's attended several festivals here over the past few years; and he'll be back again next week.  But now John also has a special connection with Iceland, through the unlikely inspiration of the band, Sigur Ros.  He speaks with host Mack Furlong.
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WAM Mar 2-3 Eastern Edge exhibit - "Rethinking Justice"

Eastern Edge Gallery on the Harbourfront has opened a new show in the Rogue Gallery.  Gerald Vaandering's Ripped Apart is paired with Meagan O'Shea's Stitched Together to create a joint effort called Rethinking Justice.  Mack met with Gerald and his wife, Dorothy Vaandering, who curated the exhibit.
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WAM Mar 2-3 Duo Concertante

Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves, Duo Concertante, maintain a heavy touring schedule as in-demand performing artists, run an international chamber music festival, teach at Memorial University's School of Music, and raise two children.  They stopped by to chat with Mack about the current goings-on in their professional lives, and their recent performance at Carnegie Hall.
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