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WAM Nov 9-10 The Strangers' Gallery

Angela speaks with writer Paul Bowdring about his new book: The Strangers' Gallery 

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WAM Nov 3-4 - MotherFumbler

'Mommyblogger' Vicki Murphy has developed a huge following for her irreverent and hilarious blog and Huffington Post columns. She's come out with her first book "MotherFumbler" and like her columns it pokes holes in the many myths of motherhood.

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Don McKellar - The Grand Seduction

The Grand Seduction makes its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival tonight. The film was made on the Bonavista peninsula last summer and stars Taylor Kitsch, Brendan Gleeson, Gordon Pinsent as well as Mary Walsh and other well known Newfoundland performers. It was co-produced by Roger Frappier and Barbara Doran. The film tells the story of a small coastal town pulling out all the stops to attract a family doctor. Don McKellar is the director. He speaks with host Angela Antle.

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Liner Notes - Lorne Warr

From one rock to another: Lorne Warr of Bowen Island maintians his connection to Newfoundland through music. Lorne has just released a new CD. He speaks with host Angela Antle.

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Boyd Sharpe - Mixed martial arts

Boyd Sharpe is a huge fan of mixed martial arts. Such a huge fan that he decided he wanted to make a documentary film about it. However; on the way to making that film, tons of people told him they wanted to train to fight a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter that got Boyd thinking he might be able to do a 10 part TV series. He called a one day audition and 250 people showed up. That was four years ago and now the show Cubicle to The Cage is about to go to Air. Host Angela Antle speaks with Boyd

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Ed Jones - Salt cod book

For all the ways that cod influenced Newfoundland culture...you could 
never accuse us of  being too creative with the cooking of the stuff. 
Maybe it's because we had to put so much effort into the catching of the damn things. 

Ed Jones has never been limited in his appreciation of salt cod. 
In fact, he admits to being obsessed with it - travelling and collecting recipes and cook books from other cultures where our salt fish ended up on the table. 

The results of this lifelong obsession have now been brought 
together in a glorious cook book complete with hundreds of recipes and photos. 

It's called Salt Cod Cuisine: The International Table published by Boulder Publications.

I invited Ed Jones into the studio and asked him what he had for breakfast...
 
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Seamus Heaney: Remembering Mike Boyle

The tributes to nobel prize winning poet Seamus Heaney are pouring in from all over the world. Writers, Presidents, and rock stars are weighing in with their favourite Heaney poem or turn of phrase. Indeed everyone who loves Heaney's poems feel like they know him personally. Such were the power of his words and images.

But retired Newfoundland teacher Mike Boyle CAN claim to know Seamus Heaney personally. He grew up in county Derry down the road from Heaney and played with him and his brothers at cattle fairs and he was later taught by the great man of letters.

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WAM Aug 17-18 Liner Notes - Ralph O'Brien

Ralph O'Brien has been a main stay in the Newfoundland and Labrador folk scene since the 70's.  Over the years he's played in many bands and acted as a mentor to some of the biggest acts from this province - but - it was only last month that he released his FIRST solo album.  It's called About Time.  Ralph O'Brien joins guest-host Krissy Holmes in studio.

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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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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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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 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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WAM Nov 17-18 Barbara Pratt - New Collection

Ships and love of ships permeate Barabara Pratt's new collection.  Host Chris O'Neill-Yates stopped by the Emma Bulter Gallery to take a look and to talk with Barabara about Ships.

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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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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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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 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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WAM July 14-15 Liner Notes Dana Parsons

Dana Parsons will take the stage Saturday July 21st at the Rock House to release her brand new CD," Within The Light".
It's been five years since Dana's debut release, "It's You Not Me" and it's safe to say that Dana has grown musically since that time.

In those five years Dana has been perfoming up to five shows a day on different cruise lines all over the world. Here at home she has dominated in Music NL's  awards and she was winner of CBC's Galaxie Rising Star award.

In between gigs and accepting awards Dana has been working away on her new CD," Within the Light". But the songs did not come easy.

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WAM July 14-15 Jerry Pocius

We're losing the art of conversation. Nobody talks to eachother any more.

How many times do you hear that?

That behaviour is something folklore professor Jerry Pocius observes daily.

He's also observing the results in the lack of proper interviewing skills in students.

So, in order to get back to the basics of conversing and observing that is at the heart of folkloric research, the iphones, Blackberries, all those electronic gadgets will have to go.

Fo three weeks, anyway.

It's a pilot project Pocius starts in the fall semester.

That's when seven of his students will go offline in Keels, Bonavista Bay, for a crash course in meeting people, talking to them and documenting it.

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WAM July 14-15 Brad Peyton

Five years ago Brad Peyton headed to Hollywood and it's been upward for the young director ever since.

He's got a string of directing credits under his belt...

Including the multi-million-dollar movie "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore and "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" - an adventure film in a fantasy world inspired by Jules Verne, the science fiction pioneer.

Now Brad Peyton has just signed another deal to do a sequel to Journey 2 - Journey 3.

But that's not all he's doing.

Warner Brothers has brought him on board to direct its screen adaptation of "Lobo", a story based on a character in a DC comic.

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WAM jULY 14-15 Peter Walsh

A new documentary is bringing to life a story that's part of the fabric of this place.

The Portguese fishermen and the White fleet on which they sailed into St. John's.

For hundreds of years the Portuguese fished the Grand Banks.

Often taking shelter from storms and gales in a welcoming port.

Now that story is being brought to life with one of the last remaining ships in the White Fleet - the Santa Maria Manuela.

Peter Walsh's film, "Return of the White Fleet" airs next week on CBC Television in Newfoundland and Labrador.

I asked Peter into our studio to tell me about it.

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WAM July 14-15 Women's Songwriter Circle

Ilia Nicoll and Sandy May are taking part in a women's songwriter's circle.  They speak with host Chris O'neill-Yates

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WAM July 14-15 Lighthouses

It's Lighthouse Day and we will talk about these venerable structures with two people who know lighthouses - Artist Les Noseworthy, and Gerald Cantwell of The Canadian Coast Guard Alumni.

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WAM July 14-15 Flower Art Show

Betty Hall and Chris Ryan have been making floral art for decades.  They're part of the Floral Design Group at the NL Horticultural Society. This weekend they'll be putting some of that art on display to the public at the 25th floral art show at the MUN Botanical Garden.

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WAM June 16-17 Donnie Dumphy

If you haven't heard of Donnie Dumphy, you're about to.

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WAM June 16-17 Refugee Art

Leuben Boykov and Elena Popova - who came here are refugees from Bulgaria - join newcomers in an exhibition of refugee art.

WAM June 16-17 Clem Curtis

A self taught artist who says he read every book on art he could find. Clem Curtis' exhibition opened last night.

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WAM June 9-10 David Blackwood

David Blackwood is on his native soil for a huge exhibition of his work. He talks with Chris about how the boy prodigy from Wesleyville became one of Canada's most celebrated artists, and a lot more.
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WAM June 2-3 Kevin Major

Kevin Major's 1978 children's book, Hold fast, is being made into a movie.  Chris caught up with him on set.

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WAM June 2-3 Michael Pitman

From mental illness, to the concept of being confined. A new exhibition by artist Michael Pittman just opened at The Rooms. Chris spoke with Pittman about his work and the deep well from which he draws his ideas.

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WAM June 2-3 Hold Fast

Molly Parker is back in town. Her first time back since the movie "Rare Birds". Chris takes you behind the scenes of the movie "Hold Fast". she chats with Molly Parker, Aiden Flynn and the two young local teens with the lead roles.

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WAM June 2-3 Kingdom

A new play by Meghan Greeley brings together father and daughter Andy Jones and ROD's Marthe Bernard  on the stage. Kingdom opens this week at the LSPU Hall. Chris caught up with the crew at rehearsal.

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May 26-27 Tina Dolter

Tina Dolter got quite a surprise recently. One of her paintings is off to Italy for a portrait exhibition there. She'll tell us how all that came about.

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WAM May 26-27 Crystal Rose/Copyrights

Librarans across the province are opposing a new copyright agreement Memorial University is considering signing. They say it will restrict research and be an invasion of privacy. Crystal Rose is president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Libraries Association.

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WAM May 26-27 Donna Butt On EI Changes

Donna Butt of Rising Tide Theatre says the EI system has problems, but new reforms to the program will be a step backward for the province's growing theatre scene.

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WAM May 26-27 EVA Awards pt.2 - Jordan Benett and Phillippa Jones.

Chris speaks with award winners Jordan Bennett and Phillippa Jones.

 

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WAM May 26-27 EVA Awards pt.1 - Mary Pratt

She says it's the only thing she's good at.  Well, if you're as good at that one thing as Mary Pratt is, one thing may be just enough.  Last night at the Excellence in Visual Arts Awards at the Rooms, the Society of Canadian Artists reinforced to Mary Pratt just how good they think she is.  They recognized Pratt with an honourary life Membership  into the SCA.  Whether it's her cod fillets on tin foil, a poppyseed cake or a plastic container of peaches.... She transforms simple domestic objects into a piece of work that can only be described as A Mary Pratt.  Last night, Margaret Walsh best, of the Society of Canadian Artists presented Mary Pratt with her award.

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WAM May 26-27 Liner notes - Duane Andrews and Dwayne Cote

The sound is unmistakeable - The gypsy jazz guitar stylings of Duane Andrews.  Pair that with the Cape Breton fiddle and you've got a sound all its own.  The two Duanes, Dwayne Cote and Duane Andrews, released their first collaboration together in 2010.  Now the Duanes meet again on their latest CD, The Empress.

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WAM May 19-20 Bud Davidge

A legend of Newfoundland music is recognized with an honourary doctorate at Memorial University's Grenfell campus. Bud Davidge stops by to talk about his life, his music and the loss of his muscial partner.
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WAM May 19-20 Fishing for the Future Festival

Filmmaker Ruth Lawrence and Memorial University professor Barbara Neis are organizing the Fishing for the Future Festival: An event which commemorates the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the cod fishery. 

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WAM March 17-18 Remix 86

A blog about Electronic Dance Music is the latest award-winning effort from this province.  Mack speaks with bloggers Hot Biscuit and Lance Wicks.

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WAM March 10-11 Greg Gale

Corner Brook actor Greg Gale studied at the National Theatre School in Montreal, received the 2005 Hnatyshyn Foundation's Developing Artist Grant given annually to one young artist in Canada who shows special promise and talent in their area of study, and has begun to establish himself as a stage actor who will catch your eye.

Greg caught the eye of Architect Theatre in Toronto and became an integral part and one of the stars of their successful show Highway 63: The Fort Mac Story.

Mack reached Greg this week and asked him to tell us the story of Highway 63.

 

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WAM March 10-11 Kerri Cull

Kerri Cull hails from the west coast and lives in Labrador, where she runs the book blog, Book Fridge. Kerri is an about-to-be-published poet.  Her collection, Soak, just arrived on Mack's desk.  He asked her to describe her book for us.
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WAM March 10-11 Veselina Tomova

Veselina Tomova is a well known print maker, illustrator and graphic designer. Her work has been recognized internationally and she is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, one of the most recent being the Large Year Award, presented to her in 2011 by VANL-CARFAC.  The Large Year celebrates a visual artist who has enjoyed an exceptional year, with at least one exhibition and critical recognition.

Mack speaks with Veselina about the show in Sofia but begins by asking her what it was like to leave this home to visit that home.

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WAM February 25-26 Women's Work Film Festival

The sixth annual Women's Work Festival celebrates international Women's Week with a series of new play readings by, for, and about women. 

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WAM February 11-12 Behind the Scenes/Artists in the Park

Anne Marceau works at Gros Morne National Park.  Anne had a wish to put the place she loves, Gros Morne, together with people she loves, artists.  The result is the Artists in the Park program, putting artists in a residency at Gros Morne, one of the sublime places on this earth, where they can get all elemental.
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WAM February 11-12 Canadian Conference of the Arts

The CCA has been a powerful and vocal advocate for art and artists, but now, too, their environment is changing.  What is the future of arts advocay and of arts funding?  Mack speaks with Alain Pineau and asks him where he thinks Candian arts and culture are in 2012.
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Trudy Morgan-Cole: That Forgettful Shore

Trudy Morgan-Cole is an award winning writer and teacher. Her writing generally falls in the historical fiction category, and her new work, That Forgetful Shore, certainly meets all the requirements - set at the turn of the last century, it involves two great friends, the children of their friends, the Great War and its impact on a small Newfoundland community, and how these friends grow apart, grow up, and grow together again.                        

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The Newfound Music Festival

The ninth annual Newfound Music Festival begins Thursday at the School of Music.  Mack speaks with Clark Ross, composer, professor, and the driving force behind the Festival, and by Krista Vincent, a pianist who is among this year's featured performers.    

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Poet John Ennis/Sparks Literary Festival

Mack speaks with renowned poet John Ennis, who is a guest at this year's Sparks Literary Festival.
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Video artist Andrea Cooper

Andrea Cooper is an internationally-known video artist from Newfoundland. Her work has been exhibited across Canada from Vancouver to St. John's. She has had work premiered twice now at the Berlin International Film Festival's Forum Expanded, in 2007 and 2010, as well as in Antwerp, Belgium.

Andrea uses non-conventional narrative and performance in her work - you may remember the 70' women from her film Starring Part 2."

Andrea opens a new installation in about ten days in Toronto. Mack speaks with her about her art, her career and her new show.

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