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The Big Shoe for April 20 - 21, 2013

We announce the winners of our Cohen Poem contest!  Entries from all parts of the province will be pooled and two poets will receive our Grand Prize Gift package, courtesy Sony Records and the Weekend Arts Magazine, consisting of the book "I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen" written by Sylvie Simmons; a copy of Leonard's new CD "Old Ideas" and a vinyl copy of the new recording; plus the double CD "The Essential Leonard Cohen".

Alan Doyle reports from the road as Great Big Sea tour in support of their XX recording, celebrating the band's twentieth anniversary.

Jamaican poet Tanya Shirley reads in Corner Brook this weekend, she'll talk about islands and poetry.

Lawnya Vawnya is underway in St. John's and the weekend promises much musical activity; Mathias Kom will report.

Breakwater Books releases a collection of Contemporary Newfoundland Poetry; editors Mark Callanan and James Langer will discuss.

On Liner Notes, the Duo Concertante with their complete recordings of the Beethoven Sonatas for violin and piano.

The Cohen Poem Contest Prize!


The Cohen Poem Contest!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or email one to me,

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

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

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

Memorial School of Music Gamelan

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


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


Beauty!  See you there?

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

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

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

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

The Show! January 26 and 27, 2013

Andrew Staniland and Jason Caslor explain what the New Found Music festival will celebrate in its tenth season.  Boxed In, a national exhibit where art and craft meet, opens at both the Rooms and the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador Gallery before it sets out on tour.  Pianist Coco Leung makes her professional debut, we'll talk about that daunting prospect.  February approaches, the annual Record Production Month - Elling Lien talks about taking the RPM Challenge.  Liner Notes features the progressive rock band Surgeon and their new cd, Fjords.

Weekend Arts Magazine, January 19 and 20, 2013

Dr. Ellen Waterman celebrates a $1 million contribution to the future of choral singing in Newfoundland and Labrador by talking about where and how the School of Music at Memorial will spend the dollars.  Poet and editor Carmine Starnino visits the province for the SPARKS literary festival and will talk about editing and poeting.  Liner Notes features the new disc from Sheshatshiu's David Hart.

Weekend Arts Magazine for January 12 and 13th

SPARKS Literary Festival burns brightly next weekend in St. John's, poet Mary Dalton will poke the embers and fire your interest in this event.  Marie-Josée Framboise opens an exhibit at the Grenfell Campus Art Gallery in Corner Brook this week and she'll talk about Network Installations.  Liner Notes feature People on Pause with their skewed version of pop music as evidenced by their new release, Registrar's Lobby.