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WAM May 24-May 25 - Liner Notes - Matthew Byrne

It's time for Liner Notes and this week our guest is Matthew Byrne.
Matthew is a member of the popular trad group The Dardanelles
but this week he's hear to talk about his first solo CD and how his family
the well known musical Byrnes of Placentia Bay shaped his love of music.

 

I asked Matthew who in his family  taught him the first cut on the CD
the song Lord Nelson.

 

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WAM May 24-May 25 - Documentary film about Rockwell Kent

As Brigus gets ready for the Rockwell Kent centennial celebrations, we'll talk to the man who made a documentary about Kent's life. Frederick Lewis is the director of that film. I reached him this week at his office at Ohio University. I began by asking what inspired him to make a film about the eventful life of Rockwell Kent.

 

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WAM May 17-May 18 - Liner Notes - Megan Marshall

This week on Liner Notes, we feature a young woman whose songwriting blossomed when she moved to Newfoundland and Labrador. We'll hear from Megan Marshall. Her she is chatting with Weekend AM's Angela Antle.

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WAM May 10-May 11 - Liner Notes - Dave Paddon

If you want to hear stories of extreme berry picking, cross-country turrs, bingo superstars,
beloved snowmobiles, and other such tales, Dave Paddon is your man.

Dave travels far and wide as an Air Canada pilot.

But when he's on the ground, he entertains crowds with his recitations at festivals and

story-telling sessions.

Now he's collected those recitations in a newly released CD.

It's called "Not a Word of a Lie," and it arrived in stores this week.

Dave is my guest today on Liner Notes. When he joined me in the studio, I began by asking

how he got started as a storyteller.

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WAM May 10-May 11 - Women in Music

We all know the late night, rock n' roll club scene is traditionally
male-dominated territory.

So what's it like to be a woman playing the bars of St. John's these days?

We invited three young musicians to discuss that issue.

Kelly McMichael is from Ontario, and has lived in St. John's since
last fall. Her band is called Kelly McMichael and the Gloss.

Heather Nolan and Allie Duff are in a band called Lady Brett Ashley,
and they each do solo shows as well.

Jamie Fitzpatrick began the discussion by asking Kelly what kind of
issues she's encountered as a woman leading a band.

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WAM May 03-May 04 - Liner Notes - Sevenview

Between the two of them, they wrote the songs, did all the playing and singing, and produced the record at their own studio in Springdale. This week on Liner Notes we feature the debut album by the band Sevenview.

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WAM Apr 19-Apr 20 - Radio Quirpon

A couple of folks on the Great Northenr Peninsula have embarked on an adventure in online radio. Radio Quirpon offers listeners a hearty slice of life in rural Newfoundland. You can hear it by going to radioquirpon.com

Wayne Bartlett is a Quirpon man who recently returned from Alberta and settled back down in his home town. Cheryl McCarron runs Coffee in the Cove, where locals and visitors gather in the summer months.

They are the creators of Radio Quirpon.

Jamie Fitzpatrick asked Wayne Bartlett how Radio Quirpon came to be.

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WAM Apr 26-Apr 27 - Liner Notes - Scott Gilbert

On this week's Liner Notes we feature the debut album by Scott Gilbert of Green's Harbour.
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WAM Apr 19-Apr 20 - Liner Notes - Split Peas

The Split Peas are twenty years young. We'll hear from the band and their latest album on this week's edition of Liner Notes. I spoke with Gerry Poirier and Ada Piercey Jenkins of the Split Peas. My first question was for Gerry. I asked if they thought about packing it in any time in the last twenty years.

 

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WAM Apr 12-Apr 13 - Liner Notes - Baytown

The boys from CBS are back with a brand new album. We'll hear the latest music from Baytown. Greg Bruce plays saxophone and flute with Baytown.

 

 

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WAM Apr 05-Apr 06 - Liner Notes - AM/FM Dreams

Coming up on Liner Notes, a musical portrait of La Scie from the band AM/FM Dreams. Danielle Poirier, Mark Poirier, and Damien Lethbridge joined me in the studio. I began by asking Damian about the name of the band.

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WAM Mar 29-Mar 30 - Liner Notes - Gramercy Riffs

The Gramercy Riffs had a sizeable following for their catchy rock and roll tunes when they left the island and moved to Toronto about five years ago. That was not long after they made a debut CD called "It's Heartbreak." Time to find out what the new album sounds like.

As Riffster Lee Hanlon told Angela Antle in this week's Liner Notes, the sound of the band has mellowed somewhat since the move to the mainland.

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WAM Mar 22-Mar 23 - Liner Notes - Heather Nolan

Today on liner Notes... Photographer and St. John's singer songwriter Heather Nolan. She's just finishing up her one-woman tour across the island to promote her brand new album. And in case your're wondering if this is another RPM album - the answer is no but that doesn't mean Heather Nolan didn't find time to do that too...

Angela Antle spoke with Heather Nolan earlier this week.  

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WAM Mar 15-Mar 16 - Jenny Higgins - Sealing Book

Bringing the story of the 1914 Sealing disaster alive in a new book of photos, telegraphs and hand drawn maps.

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WAM Mar 15-Mar 16 - Liner Notes - November Thanes

This week on Liner Notes, architectural draughtsman by day, musician by night. Meet Harry Parsons the artist behind the band "November Thanes."

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WAM Mar 09-Mar 10 - Liner Notes - GALA

This week on Liner Notes we're featuring the music of RPM alumni Aley Waterman. She's recently put together a music group called GALA and they released a new EP of songs called Young Hymns. It's an impressive debut.

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WAM Feb 22-Feb 23 - Louis Elphage Wynn Jones Bernard

The arts community in Newfoundland and Labrador is grieving the loss of Louis Elphage Wynn Jones Bernard. Louis was the much beloved son of Andy Jones and Mary Lynn Bernard and the brother of Marthe Bernard. All well known and well loved members of the theatre community and Marthe is one of the stars of the Republic of Doyle - she plays Tinny. Louis struggled with mental health issues and his obituary clearly stated that he died of his own hand.  The families openness and lack of shame around Louis' suicide was noted by many people who attended the funeral. Mary Walsh - a colleague of Andy Jones' from their days performing in CODCO gave the eulogy. The speech was funny, heartwaming and a call to action.

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WAM Feb 22-Feb 23 - Liner Notes - Alex Dinn

On Liner Notes this weekend singer songwriter Alex Dinn talks about his first solo CD. This project was produced by Craig Young and has a strong country flavour. I asked Alex Dinn about his connection to country music.

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WAM Feb 15-Feb 16 - Liner Notes - Allie Duff

Allie Duff and The Happy Campers have a debut EP out called "The Law of Falling Bodies". Allie grew up with musical parents so you might think it's a natural progression for her to get involved in music. But Allie says she initially rebelled against music. That is, until she took The RPM Challenge in 2011.

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WAM Feb 15-Feb 16 - Rex Brown

Rex is well known in the literary community here in Newfoundland and Labrador as the big hearted organizer of the March Hare. A travelling poetry and music festival that ranges from Toronto, across the island and even as far as ireland sometimes. Rex's memoir of Tack's Beach is called Out From the Harbour: Outport Life Before Settlement.

 

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WAM Feb 08-Feb 09 - Gabrielle Film (Louise Archambault - director)

The film was shortlisted to represent Canada in the Best Foreign Feature Oscar. I asked film director Lousie Archambault what she wanted to explore with Gabrielle.

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WAM Feb 08-Feb 09 - Liner Notes - Sean McCann

Sean McCann rocked the Canadian music world in November when he announced via Twitter from an airport lounge that he was leaving Great Big Sea. Sean was one of the founding members of the trad rock band playing with current members Bob Hallett and Alan Doyle for over 20 years. I asked Sean first about his decision to leave Great Big Sea.
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WAM Feb 01-Feb 02 - Liner Notes - Tony Mulrooney

Tony Mulrooney of Glovertown says he was inspired to get into performing by an appearance on Skipper & Company and a role in a high school musical. These days he finds inspiration is his daily life as a young father. Like many young dads he spends a lot of time at the ice rink with his son. - it's the place that inspired the title of his new CD.

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WAM Feb 01-Feb 02 - Cold Water Cowboys TV series

David Paperny is the founder of Paperny Entertainment the company behind the series.

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WAM Jan 25-Jan 26 - Ryan Harris - Wreck of the Investigator

The Investigator was sent out twice from Britain to find the lost Franklin ships. It did not find the Franklin ships and ended up stuck in the ice itself for four years until its surviving crew were rescued. Parks Canada underwater archeologist Ryan Harris tells the story of The Investigator.

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WAM Jan 25-Jan 26 - Brian McKenna

Brian McKenna is one of Canada's best known documentary filmmakers. For his next project, he's working with Newfoundland producer Barbara Doran to reenact the bloody WW1 Battle of Beaumont Hamel.

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WAM Jan 25-Jan 26 - Wallace Ryan

Chances are, if you're into the comic book scene in St. John's, you've bumped into this guy. Wallace Ryan is passionate about comics. Reading them, collecting them, illustrating them...and teaching people how create those illustrations. In fact, he's celebrating 20 years of teaching comic book art. Tiffany Pope tells us the story.

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WAM Jan 25-Jan 26 - Other ocean NBA game

Chris Navarro is a producer with Other Ocean and he's here to tell us the backstory to NBA Rush.

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WAM Jan 25-Jan 26 - Liner Notes - Lomond Sound

The CD is from a live concert recording and Eric West and Dave Panting came into the WAM studio to tell me all about it the collective.

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WAM Jan 18-Jan 19 - Liner Notes - Lady Brett Ashley

Lady Brett Ashley is the name of a character from the Sun Also Rises. And it's also the name of a new Newfoundland musical trio made up of Heather Nolan, Allie Duff and Darhen Sing.

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WAM Jan 11-Jan 12 - Liner Notes - Rob Power

On this week's Liner Notes...original percussion compositions from Rob Power. Rob is the principal percusionist with the NSO, an instructor at MUN, winner of the NLAC Arts in Education Award and the director of the Scruncheons. He creates percussion instruments, has performed all over the world and collaborated with many musicians. On the CD TOUCH, he collaborates with musicians Bill Brennan, Erin Donovan and seven other local percussionists. 

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WAM Jan 04-Jan 05 - Liner Notes - Daniel Payne

This week's guest on Liner Notes is Daniel Payne. Together with fellow Paynes: Angie, Stephanie and Johnny plus friends Miranda Power & Marquita Walsh he's put together a new CD called Live From Sally's Cove.

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WAM Jan 04-Jan 05 - Kathleen Winter - Canada Reads project

Kathleen Winter is this province's contender for Canada Reads 2014. her book Annabel about a transgender child growing up in Labrador was one of the titles picked for the annual book contest. Kathleen is here this morning to help WAM launch a new Canada Reads project called #NLWRITES. We're calling on the province's best storytellers to build a story on Twitter with you. Every day an author from this province will seed the story and you are welcome at any time of day or night to add to the story and take it a new direction. Every week for the next 9 weeks...we'll pick a winner from the tweeters and award a KOBO and a full set of 2014 Canada Reads titles.

I called up Kathleen to ask her how life is since she was named one of the Canada Reads authors.

 

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WAM Dec 21-Dec 22 - Liner Notes - Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case

This week on Liner Notes, our guest is Sherman Downey. This was a huge year for Sherman and his band The Ambiguous Case. They won the CBC Searchlight national talent contest, toured the country and released their second CD. The Sun In your Eyes.

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WAM Dec 14-Dec 15 - Liner Notes - Adrian House

Nominated this year for Music NL's male artist and SOCAN songwriter of the year, Adrian House says as a child he was hugely influenced by his parents wide ranging record collection. They turned him onto the Troggs, The Beatles and Elvis and others...influences that still reverberate in his songwriting today. Adrian House is our guest on Liner Notes.

 

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WAM Dec 14-Dec 15 - new NFB animation of the Great Sealing Disaster

A new NFB animation is being filmed to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great Sealing Disaster.  I visited the set of their animation shoot yesterday and walked into a theatre full of sealers.
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WAM Nov 02-Nov 03 - Ken Pieroway - author of Rails Across the Rock

The book tells the story of the railway as well as the decline of many of the railway towns. I asked author ken Pieroway how he got into trains.

 

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WAM Dec 07-Dec 08 - David Dufrense - Fort McMoney, combination video game and documentary series.

The NFB's Fort McMoney is a new documentary project they're calling a documentary game. David Dufrense is one of the creators.
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WAM Dec 07-Dec 08 - David Drinkell - Chieftain's Bells of Dublin album

The Chieftain's  Bells of Dublin album is one of the best selling Christmas albums of all time. The album features Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithfull, Rickie lee Jones, nancy Griffith and a well known Newfoundland musician. A man whose name you may not be familiar with but if you attend the Anglican Cathedral you've heard him play. David Drinkell is the organist at the downtown cathedral and he was a young organist at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast. When I found out about his role on the CD, I made an appointment and asked him about St. Anne's in Belfast.

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WAM Dec 07-Dec 08 - Liner Notes - Joanna Barker

This week on Liner Notes, Joanna Barker tells us about writing songs, day jobs and why she's so popular in Rimouski, Quebec. Her debut album was called February and her new Ep is called A Sudden Flame. Joanna represents a new Post-Hey-Rosetta generation of musicians. Many of them have folk roots, but their sound is layered, the approach is experimental and it's scope could be global. In this excerpt, Joanna Barker tells me how she achieved the atmospheric sound on her new EP.

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WAM Nov 30-Dec 01 - Festival 500 - Susan Knight and Harry Conners

Live in Studio:

Susan Knight and Harry Conners

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WAM Nov 30-Dec 01 - Transatlantic Kitchen Party

Let's start by introducing all our kitchen partiers: On the Bristol side, the founders of Bristol Kitchen Radio, Presenter and producer Ellen Hughes is an oral historian, formerly a life-story interviewer for the British Library Life Stories Collection. Editor and producer Victoria Stevens is a film editor currently working on Aardman Animation's forthcoming feature film. Musician Paul Bradley is one third of multi-instrumental trio Three Cane Whale, and Musical Director for Scottish Dance Theatre's show 'Innocence'. On the Newfoundland side of the Big kitchen table, we've got musicians Emilia Bartellas on fiddle and Aaron Collis on accordian as well as dancer Kristin Harris Walsh of Dance NL.

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WAM Nov 30-Dec 01 Liner Notes - Emilia Bartellas and Aarron Collis

Newfoundland traditional players Emilia Bartellas and Aarron Collis--well known members of the Dardanelles now have a brand new CD. I asked them how the duo formed?

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WAM Nov 23-24 Liner Notes - Mary Barry

This week on Liner Notes, well known singer and songwriter Mary Barry has a brand new CD called Legendary. Known primarily as a jazz chantuese, Mary is stretching her musical wings with this CD - it's a mixture of original tunes and some well loved Newfoundland songs.

 

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WAM Nov 16-17 Liner Notes - Duane Andrews and Craig Young

Charlie's Boogie is the name of a new musical collaboration that pairs Duane Andrews and Craig Young. Two Newfoundland musicians who took radically different musical paths: Craig Young left the south of the island and headed to Nashville where he honed his country and bluegrass style and Duane left Carbonear to travel to France where he got turned onto the gypsy jazz music of Django Reinhart.

They've come together in this new album, fusing both genres and mixing in a healthy sprinkle of Newfoundland culture.I asked them how they started playing together.

 

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WAM Oct 26-27 - Marguerite MacKenzie

A professor from Memorial University has won a prestigious national award for her work. The 2013 Insight Award was presented to Marguerite MacKenzie in Montreal earlier this month. It comes with $50,000 prize money to further her field of study.

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WAM Oct 19-20 - Dr Sandra Clarke

New interactive ON-LINE atlas of the Newfoundland dialect. Dr Sandra Clarke of MUN linguistics was the principal investigator on the project which represents decades of research. I asked her why the 'book' exists as an onlien project and not a bound book.

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WAM Oct 19-20 - Christopher Pratt: Six Decades

Christopher Pratt: Six Decades is the title of a new book by Tom Smart. In it he has followed the art journey of Christopher Pratt from early paintings and drawings that he entered into the province's Arts and Letters competition to iconic images of Newfoundland architecture and landscapes that that have become part of our culture.

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WAM Oct 26-27 Liner Notes - Neil Conway

This week on Liner notes, Angela Antle interviews the singing satirist....Neil Conway. This past Friday, Conway launched his album with a full compliment of well-known local musicians, at a release party at Rocket. This week, Angela delves in the mind of the man behind the music- to learn more about what makes him sing. She met with him recently to talk about the new cd and the very special guests that perform on it.

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WAM Oct 19-20 Heather Smith - Baygirl

Baygirl tells the story of Kit, a teenager whose life is upended by the cod moratorium of 1992. Besides the economic impact, Baygirl deals with the deep descent into alcoholism by Kit's father once he loses his vocation. Heather Smith wrote Baygirl - it's her first novel.
I called her up to ask her about it and started out by asking her if SHE is a BAYGIRL.

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WAM Oct 19-20 Liner Notes - Andrew Ledrew

This week on Liner notes, WAM host Angela Antle interviews one half of Brother in Stereo....Andrew Ledrew. His new CD is Called "Fair Winds".

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WAM Oct 12-13 Liner Notes - Shanneyganock

Shanneyganock are known for their patriotic Newfoundland folk anthems. In this weekend's Liner Notes interview Chris Andrews and Mark Hiscock tell Angela Antle that on their newest CD Rockin on the Water they're taking inspiration from some new sources.

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WAM Oct 05-06 Liner Notes - Gerry Goulding

This weekend on Liner Notes - Gander born singer songwriter
Gerry Goulding. Gerry lives and works in Ontario, but the songs on his self titled debut CD
speak to his deep family connections to central Newfoundland.

I asked Gerry if this was his first CD?

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The Colony of Unrequited Dreams - Wayne Johnston

Award winning author Wayne Johnston is no stranger to ...some might evensay he courts controversy. His novel The Colony of Unrequited Dreams raised the ire of historians who faulted the book for its factual inaccuracies despite the fact that it was a work of fiction. His newest novel tells the story of an intellectually gifted but physically deformed boy named Percy Joyce who lusts after his own mother.

I asked Wayne when he started this novel...if he had the characters of Percy and his mother Penelope first and then created their world?

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WAM Sept 28-29 Liner Notes - Infinitely More

This week on Liner Notes husband and wife gospel duo, Gerald Flemming & Allison Lynn have combined forces to become INFINITELY MORE. Blending Gospel, Praise & Worship, Country, and Jazz, Infinitely More wants to create a fresh new sound for the ancient church. I asked them how they got into Gospel music.

 

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The premiers: Joey and Frank - a new book from Bill Rowe

The premiers: Joey and Frank is a new book from Bill Rowe. The subtitle is Greed, Power and Lust. Rowe's book is chock a block with the good, the bad and the bizarre from the 1960s, 70s and into the 80s.

 

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The Wonderful Dogfish Racket - Tom Dawe

Tom Dawe is a godfather of Nfld letters. One of the co-founders of breakwater books, founding editor of the literary journal Tickleace. he's a lifetime member of the Writer's Alliance and part of the NLAC Hall of Honour. he's won provincial and national awards for his writing and he's one of our best tellers of tall tales!

Lucky for us he's come up with another one. It's called The Wonderful Dogfish Racket - and as is Tom's way...it is chock a block with Newfoundland Wit and words!

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WAM Sept 21-22 Liner Notes - Crooked Stovepipe

Crooked Stovepipe are known as Newfoundland's bluegrass band. The group is celebrating 40 years together this year, and what better way to celebrate than a new album. And this week on liner notes, the band gives a peek at 'Live N Pickin'.

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Ben Pittman - Serpentine Lake

There's a brand new theatre company in the province about to stage a brand new play...but the talent behind Talonvanish Productions are old hands at providing top shelf entertainment. Writer Director Ben Pittman has worked with a number of community theatre groups- on a number of original works- but his newest project was different.

Serpentine Lake is story that follows a theme of meltdown- in the environment...in love...in death..all set around a couple and their new snowmobile. Ben Pittman joins me in the studio now.

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Liner Notes - Sarah Budden

They started out playing acoustic songs at weddings...but it didn't take long for the group Another City to depart from their folk roots and return to the Metallica-loving roots. Theirs is a fast-paced, dance-ready, spill your beer type of sound. Sarah Budden is part of the band. She grew up in St. John's. Daughter of Dave Budden who owns West End Electronics. So, lots of high end electronic equipment - and enthusiasm for music - in her background. Sarah spoke to WAM host Angela Antle:

 

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WAM Aug 31- Sept 01 Liner Notes - Sonny Tripp

This week on Liner Notes, Angela Antle interviews St. John's band Sonny Tripp.

Their CD is called Zoo and they cite Nirvana and Dinosaur Jr. as inspiration.

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WAM Aug 24-25 Liner Notes - Don Brownrigg

Don Brownrigg broke onto the music schene with his 2007 cd Wander Songs. A collection of radio friendly, melodic tunes with solid songwriting.

Brownrigg who grew up in the Codroy Valley is now based in Halifax - and his musical talent and collaborations are now taking him all over the world. When I talked to him he was performing at the Calgary Folk Festival. Maybe all that travel is the reason it's taken him this long to come up with a second CD.

Whatever the reason , we're glad he finally got around to it. Don Brownrigg's new disc is called 'It Takes all Kinds to Make This World, I Find'.

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WAM Aug 10-11 Liner Notes - Tara Rowsell

Grand Falls gospel singer Tara Rowsell has just released her first CD, Eagle's Wings. It's a collection of gospel songs, including two of her own, and it comes after years of performing with friends and familly. I sat down with Tara to talk about Eagle's Wings. First I asked her what inspired her to record her first CD.

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WAM Aug 03-04 Booker Prize winning author Anne Enright

I remember the first time I heard Anne Enright read. It was the year she won the Booker prize and I was in my kitchen probably cleaning up after breakfast listening to The Sunday Edition. Michael Enright was interviewing this lovely Irish author named Anne and I was listening in a slightly distracted way as I wiped down the counters and fiddled around. And then this 'Anne' started to read from  booker Prize winning book: The Gathering. It was a fairly banal scene about a woman in a car driving to or from the airport but the characters voice lept out of the radio and I was transfixed...devouring and being devoured by the writing. and so it is a great pleasure to be sitting here with that same Anne - Anne Enright. This year's special guest for Winterset in Summer.

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WAM Aug 03-04 Liner Notes - Craig Young

Time for Liner Notes, and this morning on the Weekend AM we feature Craig Young with his new CD "Black Diamond Strings". Craig Young has been playing the guitar since the age of seven and started playing in his first band at the age of thirteen. Craig has won four CCMA awards for  The Canadian Country Music Association All Star Band (Guitarist category) and  has had several top 40 singles. Craig is now living in St. John's and teaches at a school in Paradise.

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WAM July 27-28 Liner Notes - Celtic Fiddlers

Time for Liner Notes, and this morning on the Weekend AM we feature the Celtic Fiddlers latest CD "Times and Tides "

The group was founded by Korona Brophy in 1993, when she was a teacher by combining a fiddle group for a "St. Patrick's Day Concert" in St. John's .

The Celtic Fiddlers is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and has released their fifth CD, "Times and Tides".

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WAM July 20-21 Liner Notes - Mena Lodge

Mena Lodge is a Corner Brook-born singer/songwriter who's shared her talents through concerts, television, movies, clubs, churches; and even a ferry ride or two. After years of writing and performing, she's just released her first CD. It's called 10 King's Road. Mena sat down with host Angela Antle to talk about it.

 

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WAM July 13-14 Liner Notes - Allison Crowe

Time for Liner Notes, and this morning on the Weekend AM we feature Allison Crowe talking about her new release, the LP "Newfoundland Vinyl". Singer-songwriter Allison Crowe has lived in the province for quite a few years now. Athough she's from Nanaimo, BC, she's embraced the place, making a home in Corner Brook. She's embraced the music too in her new record, "Newfoundland Vinyl." And it's been released on vinyl...an LP.

 

As she told Weekend AM host Angela Antle in this week's edition of Liner Notes, the record is linked to her work as musical director for the "Newfoundland Vinyl" shows at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival.

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WAM July 6-7 Liner Notes - Hannah Banana

15-year-old Hannah Wadman-Scanlon aka Hannah Banana is already an experienced performer. As well as being the star of the Pet Network's Mickey's Farm, Hannah is an emerging musican. She's been playing piano since the age of four and as a teen decided to teach herself the ukulele and start composing her own original songs. On top of everything she does, hannah decided to undertake the RPM Challenge...that is to create a CD from start to finish during the month of February.

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WAM June 29-30 Liner Notes - David Guy of Dust Radio

This morning on Weekend AM we've got David Guy of Dust Radio with their new CD "A broken heart or the break of day".

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WAM June 29-30 Chef Andrew Parsons

Andrew Parson's is a passionate chef. The 24 year old Newfoundlander first connected with food in a meaningful way when his nan let him butter the bread that jiust came out of the oven. Who wouldn't....?

There were a few career detours through Boston Pizza, a welding gig and a stint dishwashing at Bacalao.

And it was there at Bacalao that chef Mike Barsky gave him a break and invited him to cook for the Gold Medal Plates competition.

Now as the executive chef for the Canadian High Commission in Delhi, Andrew will travel the continent and cook for large banquets and private dinners.

I asked him how he got into the food business.

 

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WAM June 22-23 Liner Notes - Lloyd Thornhill

Time for Liner Notes, and this morning on WAM we feature Lloyd Thornhill with his new CD "Just For a Moment".

 

Lloyd Thornhill joined forces with Glenn Simmons, Paul "Boomer" Stamp and Paul Kinsman to record his new CD "Just For a Moment". It's been 40 years since Lloyd Thornhill and Glenn Simmons originally played cover tunes at the Bella Vista with their band Stained Glass. After following different paths since that time, they recently decided to reunite and work on Thornhill's earlier material plus some newly written songs.

 

I asked Lloyd about being a retired teacher and what he taught:

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WAM June 15-16 Liner Notes - The Split Peas

Time for Liner Notes, and this morning on WAM we feature the Split Peas, a local Twillingate singing group that's celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year.

 

Take a church organist, a singer/songwriter, a couple of accordion players and some simply sweet voices...throw them together on a stage in Twillingate...and you have The Split Peas. Seven female friends whose love of music grew into the group which has been entertaining people in Twillingate and beyond for years.

 

The CBC's Jo-Ann Dooley spoke to two members of the Split Peas, Gerry Poirier and Ada Piercey Jenkins.

 

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WAM June 8-9 Liner Notes - Charlotte-Anne Malischewski

Time now for Liner Notes.

At 21 years old, St. John's fiddler Charlotte-Anne Malischewski is already a veteran on the folk music scene. 

She can play everything from klezmer to Celtic to classical on the fiddle - and after years of arranging songs in all of those genres, the law student decided to record her first cd. 

Krissy Holmes reached her last week in Kolkata, India, where she is studying for the summer.

 

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WAM June 1-2 Liner Notes - Mathias Kom and The Burning Hell

Time for Liner Notes, and this morning on the WAM we feature The Burning Hell with the release of their new album People.

The Burning Hell is the alter-ego of songwriter and ukulele-slinger Mathias Kom. Loosely based in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, The Burning Hell has toured back and forth across Canada and Europe since 2007, playing everywhere from festivals to bars to living rooms - and once even a mental asylum in rural France. The new CD "People" consists mostly of songs that Mathias wrote for his 2012 RPM album and these have been given the full band treatment for a completely new sound. They are on an extensive tour this summer which will take them all over the globe.

I asked Mathias is the rumer true that Burning Hell has relocated to Germany?

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WAM May 25-26 Liner Notes - Gavin Simms and The Garrison Hill Band

Time for Liner Notes, and this morning on the WAM we feature Gavin Simms and The Garrison Hill Band.

The self-titled album is made up of folk songs written by Gavin Simms and music by a group of musicians known as The Garrison Hill Band. The music was recorded live off the floor, offering the same simple, acoustic sound that the band became accustomed to, rehearsing in a spare bedroom on Garrison Hill in downtown St. John's.

I began by asking Gavin if he has done music ever since he's been living in Hermitage:

 

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WAM May 18-19 Liner Notes - Jeff Foran

This week's Liner Notes Guest is one of this year's survivors of the RPM Challenge. Jeff Foran is a teacher, at St. Paul's Jr High! He's an avid cyclist and he's been a percussionist since the age of 10.

 

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WAM May 11-12 Liner Notes - Chris Picco

Time for Liner Notes, and this morning on the Weekend AM we feature Chris Picco with his new CD "The Beach".

 

Like many a Newfoundlander before him, Chris Picco set out for the bright lights of Toronto at a young age. That's where he got started as a singer and songwriter, releasing his first album in 2004. But a few years later, Chris was back in his hometown of St. John's, and it's proved to be a productive return. After releasing another solo album in 2007, he formed a band called The Long Distance Runners. Meanwhile, Chris Picco continues his solo work, and will be releasing his new CD on May 30th.

 

I Spoke to Chris and asked him why he called his new CD "The Beach":


 

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WAM May 04-05 Liner Notes - Colleen Power

Time for Liner Notes, and this morning on the WAM we feature Colleen Power with her new french-language songs CD "Le Bonheur Domestique".

 

Colleen Power is a bilingual singer/songwriter best known for her witty lyrics, irresistible melodies and disarming stage presence. Her engaging live performances captivate audiences from coast to coast. She won Female and Alternative artist of the year at the 2001 Music NL Awards and was nominated for three East Coast Music Awards in 2002. This is her second all french recording and it includes Duane Andrews, Sandy Morris, Fred Eaglesmith, Mark Bragg and Aneirin Thomas.

 

I Spoke to Colleen about he new CD:

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WAM May 04-05 Kristie Jameson

Kristie Jameson is one of the people behind a new series of videos called "All Around the Table" that focus on the traditions of keeping gardens in Newfoundland. Kristie works for the Food Security Network and she's joined us this morning.

 
Link to the Root Cellars Rock videos: http://rootcellarsrock.ca/all-around-the-table/
 
 
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WAM April 27-28 Liner Notes - Psychobilly Cadillacs

Time for Liner Notes, and this morning on the WAM we feature the Psychobilly Cadillacs with their new self-titled release 6 song EP.

The Psychobilly Cadillacs formed in the late 80's after playing country n' blisterin' music and are from St. John's, Newfoundland. "We call ourselves old country but cross into punky-tonk, barnyard rock, psychobilly and everything in between," says band member Smokey Tucker. The band includes Smokey Tucker, Johnny "Bonfire" Jones, Skeet Breeder and Calvin Lawless. Special guests include Chris Ledrew , Geoff Panting, Kelly-Ann Evans, Natalie Noseworthy, and Janet Cull.

Here's mack Furlong's interview with the Psychobillys

 

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WAM April 27-28 Sunday Scoff #1

Today we're launching a new feature on WAM called Sunday Scoff.

Every week we'll sample some creative Newfoundland cuisine and

visit with the province's foodies and chefs.

This week...I'm in the kitchen at Magnum and Stein's a fine dining restaurant on Duckworth street watching exeutive chef Chris Chafe whip up his version of Halibut and hash...

....and this is hash like you've never had it before.....roasted butternut squash, shallots, blueberries, spinach, maple flavour bacon and cara cara oranges.... he paired his halibut with a squab.

Chris just appeared as one of the contestants on the television Top Chef Canada..he's about 25 years old....I asked him how he got started as a chef.

 

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WAM April 27-28 Sheldon Smithens

If you've got a barn or basement full of great stuff - you're in luck. That dynamic duo - the "Canadian Pickers" - are making a return visit to our province. They'll be filming in June.
 Sheldon Smithens is one half of "Canadian Pickers".

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WAM April 20-21 Liner Notes - Duo Concertante

Time for Liner Notes, and this morning on the Weekend Arts Magazine we feature Duo Concertante, Nancy Dahn on violin and Timothy Steeves on piano, with their new recording - the complete sonatas for violin and piano by Beethoven.

Duo Concertante have traveled and performed around the world, receiving wide acclaim for their work.

Though violin and piano duos often consist of a main violin solo with piano accompaniment, the works chosen by Duo Concertante incorporate both instruments as being equally important to the music. Thus, the Beethoven! Here's a selection from their new recording:

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WAM April 20-21 Alan Doyle

Great Big Sea are on the great big road, touring great big North America in support of their new cd, XX.

That's twenty years, not XX strength booze in a jug.  XX is a  two-disc collection capturing many musical highlights from the band's career, plus six brand new recordings,

Yes, Great Big Sea are twenty years old and they're in the middle of their anniversary tour, headed towards Newfoundland in a week.

I caught Alan Doyle having lunch in a roadside diner and asked him how the band is celebrating their twentieth anniversary.

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WAM April 20-21 David Kelleher-Flight

Praised by Opera News for his "flawless diction and flexible lyric baritone," St. John's singer David Kelleher-Flight will, tonight, tread the boards of the venerable New York City Center theater in his New York City Opera debut.

David graduated from Memorial University's school of music and then travelled abroad to study and build his career.

Well, NYC is quite the place to begin - but he's already had his Carnegie Hall Debut, his Lincoln Centre debut ... and now it's time for the New York City Opera.

I rang up David this week.

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WAM April 20-21 Michael Massie and Lisa Moore

Cuts to College of the North Atlantic's Visual Arts Program in Stephenville raise the ire of students past.  The College lost more than 100 jobs across all disciplines and areas of operation across the province, including the entire Visual Arts Program, as mentioned, in Stephenville.

At least two graduates of the visual arts program are upset by the news. Michael Massie is a contemporary Inuit artist who holds a certificate in commercial art and a diploma in visual arts from the college; and writer Lisa Moore, who studied art in Stephenville.

Michael joins us by phone and Lisa is here in the studio with me.

 

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WAM April 20-21 Mark Callanan and James Langer

An anthology of contemporary poets offers an opportunity to gauge the progress gained or themes explored by writers from a somewhat similar time.

Breakwater Books this week will launch their Book of Contemparary Newfoundland Poetry. It includes work from writers as different as Al Pittman, Carmelita McGrath, Patrick Warner and Ken Babstock.

Poets Mark Callanan and James Langer were tasked with editing the book - choosing the writers and work that would be representactive of those writers.

Mark and James joined me in the studio this week and I began our conversation by asking Mark why the world needs a collection of contemporary Newfoundland poets.

 

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WAM April 20-21 Tanya Shirley

Tanya Shirley is a Jamaica-born poet whose debut collection of poems, She Who Sleeps With Bones, was a Jamaican best-seller in 2009.  Her poems have been anthologized and she currently teaches at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica.

Tanya Shirley travelled to Newfoundland this week to participate in the April Rabbit, an annual celebration of poetry, prose and music held at the Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, in Corner Brook.  She will be giving a one-woman presentation this evening

I spoke with her yesterday and asked Tanya to tell us about her work, what it is she's investigating with her poetry.

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WAM April 13-14 Liner Notes - Adam McGrath

Time for Liner Notes, and this morning we feature Adam McGrath & The Tearjerkers with their new CD, "My Colour Red".

The band is lead by Adam McGrath on vocals/guitar, Mark Peddle on Bass, Jon Ledrew on Guitar and Adam Staple on Drums/Backup Vocals. The Tearjerkers are releasing their debut album, mixed by Spencer Crewe who has worked with many groups and artists such as Great Big Sea, The Punters, Barry Canning, and The Ennis Sisters.

In a moment you'll hear Adam McGrath and his interview with me, but first we'll begin with a song from the disc, this is "Drink her too much".

 

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WAM April 13-14 Claire Wilkshire

Claire Wilkshire is a freelance writer, editor, translator and teacher.

Now she is a novelist.

Breakwater Books recently launched Claire's first novel, Maxine, a book about writing and about discovery.  I spoke with Claire this week.

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WAM April 13-14 Joan Sullivan

I received a press release from MUN recently that said "As of April 1, Newfoundland and Labrador's oldest magazine, the Newfoundland Quarterly, officially became a public engagement unit of Memorial University."

The Quarterly has been around for many years, reporting on the ephemera of our province as well as the substantive changes. The Quarterly also publishes poetry and fiction, book reviews and memoirs.

It is a veritable, and venerable, institution.

So, I wanted to know what this press release I received would mean to it, to you its readers, and to Joan Sullivan, its editor.

I invited Joan into the Weekend Arts Magazine's studios.

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WAM April 13-14 Chad Pelley

Chad Pelley is one busy award-winning writer. His short stories have been published all across the country, added to textbooks, and anthologizes. He runs the literary blog Salty Ink, and his debut novel, Away From Everywhere, was a Coles Best-seller and is being adapt for film.

Aside from all this, Chad has found time to write his second novel, which was launched on Thursday evening in St. John's. He joined me in the studio last week and I first of all congratulated Chad on the release of Every Little Thing.

 

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WAM April 6-7 Noreen Golfman

Perhaps there was a moment of silence at your local cinema last night. If there wasn't, there should have been.

For many people, Roger Ebert was the movies.

He was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize. His reviews appeared in over 200 newspapers.

He was host of a popular television movie review show with Gene Siskel, which began in the 1970s.

In the last decade Ebert battled multiple forms of cancer. He died on Thursday at the age of 70.

Fillmakers and movie goers all over North America are mouring Ebert...Including, Newfoundland's own film buff Noreen Golfman.

Our Beth Macdonell spoke with her from London, England.

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WAM April 6-7 Liner Notes - Rod Caines

Rod Caines comes from a west coast family whose roots extend through several decades of Newfoundland music. If you go back to the 1970's and 80's you'll recall bands like the String Busters, Garrison Hill, and TNT. 

It took him a while to get around to it. But Rod recently released his first solo album.

He's our guest this week on Liner Notes. Rod Caines joined the CBC's Glen Tilley to talk about his music and career. Let's begin with the title track from his album, "Crazy When The Sun Goes Down".

 

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WAM April 6-7 Mayor Dennis O'Keefe

At least 16 cruise ships are expected to rumble into St. John's Harbour this year.
Thats a lot of tourists, and the hope, of course, is that they arrive looking to lighten their wallets.
A rousing welcome never hurts, and with that in mind, the city of St. John's is holding auditions.
This summer, local acts will be hired to entertain the thousands who come streaming off the boats.
Beth Macdonell headed down to City Hall and sat down with Mayor Dennis O'Keefe to find out more.

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WAM April 6-7 Lori Deeley

It's been a rough few weeks for staff and students at the College of the North Atlantic .

More than 100 jobs are being axed as a result of the recent provincial budget.

That means classes and programs are being cut, including the Visual Arts Program.

And the move isn't sitting well with people like Lori Deeley. She's a Visual Arts Instructor at the College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville. She spoke with reporter Beth Macdonell from her office in Stephenville.

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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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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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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 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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WAM Jan 26-27 Liner Notes - Surgeon

Surgeon is the band, and it is comprised of guitarists Andrew Wicks and Steve Cowan, bass player Josh Ward and drummer Phil Maloney.  Josh and Phil are the rhythm section for Hey Rosetta.  Andrew and Steve are both classical guitarists.

When they manage to be in the same town at the same time, they like to challenge themselves with intricate and melodic tunes.  Phil and Steve joined me in the Liner Notes studio to talk about their new cd, Fjords.  But first, here's what some of it sounds like

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WAM Jan 26-27 Monica Walsh, Andy Jones and Steve Lush

For the third successive year, Kanutu Theatre is producing "An evening of Chekhov". This year, the Chekhov celebration highlightsThe Lady with The Lap Dog- A Short Play,  an original Andy Jones one act play adapting the famous Chekhov short story "Lady With The Dog."

The play is directed by Charlie Tomlinson and stars Monica Walsh and Steve Lush.  Monica is also the, what would you say, owner?  instigator? proprietor of Kanutu Theatre Company.

Monica, Andy, and Steve joined me in the studio.  On the way to getting Andy to tell me about his play, I asked him to tell us about the Anton Chekhov short story.

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WAM Jan 26-27 Elling Lien & Mathias Kom

February is on the horizon and the 2013 RPM Challenge beckons.

What is this challenge I speak of, you say?

Verily, to rise to this challenge, you should record 10 songs or 35 minutes of original material in the 28 days of February.  There.  Not many rules, are there.

Elling Lien is the editor of the Scope Entertainment magazine and a proponent of the RPM Challenge.  Mathias Kom is a member of The Burning Hell and a man who has successfully met the challenge.  They join me in the studio this morning.  Elling, welcome back to the Weekend Arts Magazine.

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WAM Jan 26-27 Andrew Staniland & Jason Caslor

The New Found Music Festival originated ten years ago with a focus on contemporary music.  Clark Ross, a composition professor at Memorial University's School of Music, founded the Festival to encourage both the creation and performance of new works.

Clark has stepped down from directorship of the festival.  Andrew Staniland and Jason Caslor, two profs you've heard from here on Weekend AM previously, now co-chair the event.  They decided to celebrate the tin anniversary with a nod to the works of Clark Ross.  And they also invited one very special guest to the event.

I spoke with Andrew and Jason this week and began by asking Andrew to tell me a little about the tenth version of the New Found Music Festival.

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WAM Jan 26-27 Sharon Leriche & Anne Manuel

In the previous half hour of the Weekend Arts Magazine you heard me talk with curator Denis Longchamps about Boxed In, a co-exhibit between the Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and the Craft Countil Gallery. So after my gab with Denis, I drove on down to the Craft Council to view their part of this remarkable exhibit.  I spoke there with Sharon Leriche, the second of the three people responsible for Boxed In.  The third, Anne Manuel, was also there with us.  I began by asking Sharon what Boxed In means to her.

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WAM Jan 26-27 Denis Longchamps

Boxed In is a national exhibition of small sculptural works opening this weekend at two locations in St. John's: The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, where they cut the sash last night; and the Craft Council Gallery on Devon Row, which throws open the doors today at 2 p.m.

Curated by Denis Longchamps, the show's pieces have each been created to fit a box of a certain size ... a small size!

I visited the Rooms earlier this week to have a peek at the show and spoke with Denis there. I asked him from where the inspiration for the show Boxed In came?

 

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WAM Jan 26-27 Leslie Vryenhoek

The Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador continues celebrating its 25th year of operation on the literary front by joining forces with the Newfoundland Quarterly in creating a Postcard Story Contest.

Leslie Vryenhoek and Andy Jones are the judges for the contest. Leslie has some experience in the postcard story contest business - she's won a couple of them!

In hopes of spurring you on and encouraging your participation, I contacted Leslie yesterday and asked her what makes a good postcard story.

 

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WAM Jan 19-20 Amy House

It must be the end of budget year and businesses are cleaning out their accounts.  CBC, Fortis, Cox and Palmer and Memorial University announced support for the Arts Council Awards.  The Bruneaus fork over a million bucks to the School of Music, and the Resource Centre for the Arts and the LSPU Hall announced that ExxonMobil Canada was going to contribute $30,000 towards operation costs at the Hall and for the production of new Newfoundland and Labrador plays.

What does Amy House say?  Amy is the artistic animateur of the Resource Centre for the Arts and she joins me this morning.  Welcome back to the Weekend Arts Magazine, Amy.

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WAM Jan 19-20 Dr. Ellen Waterman

Drs. Jean and Angus Bruneau have donated one million dollars to the School of Music at Memorial University.  The funds will enable the school to establish the Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music.

The Bruneaus have a history of philanthropy at Memorial.  Dr. Bruneau established the Faculty of Engineering Department at MUN, founded Fortis Incorporated, and served as CEO and president of Newfoundland Power.  He and his wife previously donated a similar amount to the university's engineering school.

Dr. Ellen Waterman is the dean of the School of Music, the recipient of this largesse, and I spoke with her earlier this week.  I asked Dr. Waterman how she felt when she heard the Bruneaus wanted to give her a million dollars?

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WAM Jan 19-20 David Hart

David Hart is a musician from Sheshatshiu, who wanted to make a CD for many years and with the help of family and friends he has finally made his dream come true. He was inspired by performers such as John Fogerty and the bands Meshekamau and Kashtin. David dropped by the Labrador Morning studio to share his story with Tony Dawson.


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WAM Jan 19-20 Whitney Foss

Grenfell announced this week that Whitney is this year's winner of the Art Dealer's Association of Canada Foundation art scholarship, worth two thousand dollars. The foundation chooses a school of art from a different region in the country each year and selects a promising student from a series of nominations for this award.  I contacted Whitney this week and asked her how surprized she was to be notified she'd won this year's scholarship.

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WAM Jan 19-20 Carmine Starnino

Acclaimed poet Carmine Starnino, author of four collections of poems, has won the A.M. Klein Award for poetry - twice! -, the Canadian Authors Associate Prize and been nominated for the Governor General's award.  He is also a critic and an editor - he edited The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry, and his most recent book is a collection of essays and reviews of contemporary poetry. He is in the province this weekend taking part in the Sparks Literary Festival, wearing all the hats he owns.  Tomorrow he will read some of his work.

Carmine Starnino joins me in the studio this morning, welcome to the Weekend Arts Magazine.

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WAM Jan 19-20 Glenn Gosse

The Writers Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador has spawned a new editors' group in St. John's - ETS (Editors Talk Shop). T

his group is getting active by presenting a workshop this coming week, but it ain't about editing. MONEY AND THE SELF-EMPLOYED EDITOR is a talk to be given by Glenn Gosse on Tuesday night in St. John's. Glenn runs Business Edge Accounting & Tax Inc. 

He will offer tips on how to handle your money, particularly with the tax-filing deadline on the horizon. You don't have to be an editor to attend Glenn's presentation.  In fact, all self-employed people in related professions are welcome - actors, writers, painters, filmmakers, dancers, musicians ... you get the idea.

Glenn Gosse joined me in the studio yesterday to give me a brief rundown on what he'll be talking about on Tuesday.  I asked him "what should self-employed artists know about taxes as we approach that time of year?"

 

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WAM Jan 12-13 Liner Notes People on Pause

People on Pause describe themselves as "a pack of Newfoundlanders who ran away to the mainland to sing rock and roll songs in Montreal." "The pack" started out as a collaboration between Alexander Bridger and Justin Guzzwell when they released their debut album as part of the 2010 Scope RPM Challenge. You hear about that February-month event every year, here on Weekend AM. It's coming up again soon, so this seems an auspicious time to show you what an RPM challenge can lead to! Since accomplishing that task, Alex and Justin have expanded their project into a larger band that includes Steve Cowan, Deidre Driscoll, Adam Tiller and Chang Ling.

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WAM Jan 12-13 Mary Dalton

The fourth annual SPARKS Literary Festival takes place next weekend in St. John's at Memorial University. Although situated in the capitol city, the festival honours the province's writing community and goes out of its way to include students and graduates from MUN's creative writing programs.

Poet Mary Dalton is the director of the festival and I invited her into the studio to light the bonfire that will attract you to this smoldering event.

So I first asked Mary what SPARKS is and what it celebrates.

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WAM Jan 12-13 Rising Tide Theatre

Guests were Donna Butt, Berni Stapleton, and Jim Payne.

Rising Tide Theatre Pokes Fun at 2012 with Revue Tour

The cast for Revue 2012 includes: Rick Boland, Jim Payne, Michael Power, Tina Randell and Berni Stapleton. The performance is full of energy and will leave everybody with plenty to reflect on from the past year.

There are still tickets available for all performances. For more Revue 2012 information visit www.artsandculturecentre.com.

 

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WAM Jan 5-6 Dr. Joel Heath

Beginning tomorrow in St. John's, and showing for four nights at Empire Theatres, People of A Feather hits the screen.  This film has won awards in San Francisco, Vancouver, New Zealand, Korea, Estonia and New York. The blurb for the film says in part: "Featuring groundbreaking footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes you through time into the world of Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay. Connecting past present and future in a unique cultural relationship with the eider duck. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, allows both Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters. But now both people and eiders face the challenges posed by changing sea ice and ocean currents disrupted by the massive hydroelectric dams powering eastern North America." The film is directed, produced and written by St. John's native, Dr. Joel Heath, and he joins me in the studio this morning, welcome to the Weekend Arts Magazine, Joel.
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WAM Dec 29-30 Chad Pelley and Elisabeth de Mariaffi

Prizes were won; authors were feted; publishers took chances; and 2012 looks like it was a good year for many writers and their publishers. Chad Pelley is the Interim Executive Director Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador and Elisabeth de Mariaffi is a writer and the communications director of Breakwater Books.
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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 September 8-9 Lillian Fidler

Lillian Fidler wants to make a documentary about her husband's Jim's life and beliefs. Still Remember is the working title of the doc, and Lillian has mounted a campaign to raise some money to get her to the next level in her quest.

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WAM September 8-9 The arts community in Newfoundland is grieving the loss of visual artist Tina Dolter of Steady Brook

Jackie Alcock, Charlotte Jones and David Smallwood, friends of Tina Dolter, spoke to Bernice Hillier in Corner Brook. Amy House is former chair of the Association of Cultural Industries in Newfoundland and Labrador, and met Tina in that capacity, as Tina succeeded her as chair.

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WAM September 8-9 Jordan Canning wins a national award from the Toronto International Film Festival

A much-lauded filmmaker, Jordan Canning directs short films, features films, and music videos.  She was a finalist in last year's CBC TV's Short Film Face-Off; she won a $500 award from TIFF, the Toronto International Film Festival, to work in their Talent Lab series; and on Wednesday evening, she was announced as the national winner of this year's RBC TIFF Emerging Filmmaker award, worth $15,000, for her short fim, Seconds.  I reached Jordan by phone on Thursday morning in Toronto, standing in line to go to a movie!
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WAM September 8-9 Sculpture to honour Breast Cancer Patients

James C. Smith will sculpt a monument in honour of breast cancer patients and their families to be placed on the grounds of Eastern Health in St. John's between the Health Science Centre's Emergency Department entrance and the entrance to the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre.
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WAM July 28-29 Marthe Bernard and Deanne Foley - "Beat Down" - feature film

The accolades keep piling up for "Beat Down", Deanne Foley's first feature film. It's a comedy starring Marthe Bernard as Fran Whiteway, a young woman intent on making a career as a wrestler. And her father, played by Rob Wells, intent on stopping her. It's been on the film festival circuit and picked up some awards since it was released last year. It screened at the St. John's Women's International Film Festival last fall. For those of you wanting to see the movie, you are about to get your chance. Marthe Bernard and Deanne Foley dropped by our Weekend AM studio to share the good news.
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WAM July 28-29 John Widdowson - Dictionary of Newfoundland English

Do you know what a twillick is? A giziboo? How about omaudon? None of them are a very flattering way to describe someone. Another thing they all have in common is that they are all found in the Dictionary of Newfoundland English. It's been 30 years since "The Dictionary" was published. Professors George Story, John Widdowson and W.J. Kirwin's painstakingly, over many years documented the richness of language in this place. Chris had the opportunity to speak with one of the creators of this revered tome. John Widdowson lives in England but was in the province this week.  
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WAM July 28-29 Lynn Horne

The "Man of a Thousand Songs" is taking time off to battle throat cancer. Ron Hynes' manager Lynn Horne says the singer-songwriter will be starting treatments of radiation and chemotherapy in mid August. She says they have cancelled all up coming performances except the one on August 11 at Mile One. Horne says Hynes is doing as well as can be expected. She says his focus in the next several months will be on treatment.
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WAM July 21-22 Pamela Morgan

It was a fluke that it survived. The score of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" that Figgy Duff wrote thirty years ago. The Duff performed it live to to the play at the LSPU Hall 30 years ago. Pamela Morgan is reviving the original composition.
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WAM July 21-22 Jackie Hynes

It's unblieveably hard to get the resources to mount a film. Money is scarce and getting scarcer. So, it's understament to say Jackie Hynes was thrilled when she got the call. Jackie has been chose as the third winner of the RBC Michelle Jackson Award. The award comes with 40-grand - in cash and in kind - to be put towards a film project. I wanted to know more about what Jackie plans to do with her big win. So I invited her to come into our Weekend AM studio.

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WAM July 21-22 Nicole Underhay

Here's some of what critics are saying about Newfoundland's own Nicole Underhay at the Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-theLake: The Ottawa Citizen called Underhay's - Hildy - smart, sassy, and sexy. Saying it's glory time for Underhay in the uproarious production of Shaw's "His Girl Friday". The Niagara Falls Review called her fierce and funny and the Toronto Star called her a dazzling supernova for the role in another Shaw play, "The Millionaress". The Globe and Mail was not so kind, but laid the blame at the feel of George Bernard Shaw for his writing. One thing is for sure, Nicole Underhay is on one wild ride. I caught up with the busy actor at Niagara-on-the-Lake.

 

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WAM July 7-8 Charles Menzies - Speaking about his documentary.

He grew up going out in a fishing boat with his father. His life took him to PhD research in the fishery in France. Now Charles Menzies is in St. John's where his documentary is screening at the Fishing for the Future Film Festival. He's a filmmaker from British Columbia. I spoke with him at the festival yesterday.
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WAM July 7-8 Slam Poetry

Mental illness is getting a lot more attention than it used to. Tonight it'll get some more. It's an event called slam poetry.
Performers get three minutes to perform an original work. Poets and performers are getting together in St. John's for an event called "Let's Get Mental: Expressions of Verbal Art on Mental Health Issues and Awareness" Terry Rielly is a performer who has been quite open publically about his depression. Monica J is a poet who lives with a mental health issue. They joined me in out Weekend AM studio.
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WAM July 7-8 Vokey's Boat

It's not every day a schooner is launched any more. In fact it's a part of our culture that might have disappeared altogether if not for master boat builder Henry Vokey. Vokey's name is no stranger to boat building in this province. And at 82, he's been hard at work preparing for today, the schooner's launch. Henry Vokey joins me this morning over the phone.

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WAM June 30-July 1 Diane O'Mara

You might call it an early case of restorative justice. A scrolled romanesque fresco painted on the ballroom ceiling at Government House in St. John's by Alexander Pindikowsky. Pindikowsky was from Poland and in 1880 he ran afoul of the law. Realizing he was a talented painter, the governor of the day made painting frescoes at government buildings part of Pindokowsky's sentence. Diane O'Mara is the senior tour guide at Government House. When I heard of this story I immediately had to find out more, so I met up with Diane in the ballroom at Government House.
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WAM June 30-July 1 Robert Chafe

It's a big week for playwright Robert Chafe. Two of his plays are on stage in his hometown, St. John's at the Arts and Culture Centre. Tempting Providence tells the story of the legendary nurse from Daniel's Harbour, Myra Bennett. And Oil and Water is the story of Lanier Phillips, shipwrecked off St. Lawrence on the USS Truxton in 1942. Robert Chafe dropped by our studio earlier in the week.
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WAM June 23-24 Ned Pratt

It's an exhibition that took three years to curate. It involved visits to more than 400 museums and galleries and studios and talking with artists across the full range of contemporary art in Canada today. Oh Canada! is the largest exhibition of Canadian contemprary arts to ever have been shown outside the country. It's an exhibition mounted at the Massacussetts Museoum of Contemporary Art - MASS MoCA. It includes the work of 60 artists across the country. But just one Newfoundlander - photographer Ned Pratt - was chosen to show his work there. I stopped by Pratt's studio in St. John's to talk with him about his work and the show.

 

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WAM June 23-24 Craft Council - 40th anniversary

 The stars of the province's craft industry were shining brightly last night. The craft industry honoured some of the finest craftspeople in the province with seven awards of excellence in craft at the 40th Anniversary Gala at Devon House in St. John's. One of them is David Goodyear. David lives in Torbay and is a physicist who works at the Cancer Centre. His clock with hand-cut wooden gears titled Hypnosis netted him the award for Innovation and Design.

  

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WAM August 20-21 Joan Andersen

The influences on music in Labrador are as big as all out doors. Fishers, trappers, loggers, hunters, locals and imports, the churches and the radio all had a huge effect on what comes out of there. And the songs reflect and capture all this culture, like photographs or memoirs. Beverly Diamond of Memorial University's Research Centre for Music Media and Place, MmAP, realised there was too much to handle for the entirety of Labrador, so all hands focussed on Makkovik, and the music-making of Gerald Mitchell. And it was all Joan Andersen's big idea!

I called Joan in Makkovik this week and asked her from where the idea for the collection came.

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WAM August 20-21 John and Marjorie Doyle

The Songbook, the Bulletin, Vicks Vaporub and Dr. Chase's nerve pills - Gerald S. Doyle's name was attached to them all.  Tonight on CBC TV's Summer Series, his children Marjorie and John look back at their father's life in the documentary Regarding our Father and find the patriot, the fun-lover, the hard-nosed businessman, and a beautiful Newfoundland and Labrador.

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WAM August 20-21 Geoff Adams

In his six years at the helm, Geoff Adams has steered Clarenville's New Curtain Theatre Company through seas of excitement, fun, experiment  and change. Geoff is about to embark on another trip that promises fans of the company more of that vibrant attitude.  Geoff will be attending the North American Cultural Laboratory in Highland Lake, New York at the end of this month. There, he will work on a new script, an adaptation of Sharon MacKay's youth novels Charlie Wilcox and Charlie Wilcox Great War.

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WAM July 16-17 Mats Melin

The International Council for Traditional Music comes to St. John's this week for its 2011 World Conference.  This is the 41st world conference of the ICTM, and it is the leading global venue for the presentation of new research in music and dance. This year's conference marks only the second time in its history that it will be held in Canada.

One of the presenters at the 2011 Conference Mats Melin. He partook of a discussion under the theme of 'Indigenous Modernities.' Mats's speciality is Cape Breton/Scottish step-dance, which I guess explains why he works in Ireland. Mats also delivered a workshop on Percussive dance. [an error occurred while processing this directive]

WAM July 16-17 Christina Parker / Peter Wilkins

It is so big and expansive that Christina Parker doesn't hear you come in the door! The Christina Parker Gallery has moved from its previous location to expansive new digs on Water St. East overlooking the Narrows. Huge new rooms, alcoves, window seating, display space galore and the artists to impress. The new space opened officially this past Wednesday and I spoke with a tired but exhilirated Christina Parker on Thursday morning. I asked her about her reaction to the large display area. [an error occurred while processing this directive]

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