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episodes: March 2012 Archives

WAM March 31- April 1 Jillian Keiley

Creator and director of some of the most original, influential and popular theatre in the province over the past twenty years [that’s a trick, being all three of those, I’ll tell you!], founder of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland in 1995, winner of the prestigious Siminovich Prize in 2004, recipient of the John Hirsch Prize and an honorary doctor of letters, Jillian Keiley stands poised to take over theatre in Canada!

Or at least Ottawa, because this past week, Jillian Keiley became the country’s newest director of English Theatre at the National Arts Centre there.

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WAM March 31- April 1 Operation Homespun

Operation Homespun - the next Generation, an exhibition of contemporary knitting, opened at the Craft Council Gallery in St. John’s last weekend.

You’ll remember we helped get out the call for knitters to take up Anna Templeton’s traditional knitting pattern book and put a 2012 twist on anything they found in there.

Well, the results were overwhelming and the group show that was born from that competition proves the point - knitting rocks!

There are gloves and mittens, yes, but not like your grandmother’s or grandfather’s. There are scarves and sweaters, yes, but modern and trendy. There are even works in the show that were inspired by the book but that never saw the back of a sheep or heard the clack of a knitting needle.

Shirley Scott was one of the curators of the show, a well-known knitter in her own right. I visited the gallery this week and spoke with Shirley about Operation Homespun. I began by asking her about the response to the call for pieces.

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WAM March 31- April 1 Liner Notes Kellie Loder

Well today is the day for Kellie Loder…in fact it’s a very big day!!!

Kellie will be front and center tonight when the Juno awards happen in Ottawa. And she will be holding her breath when they announce the winner in the Contemporary/Christian/Gospel catagory.

You see Kellie has been nominated in that catagory for her work on her second independent CD release,” Imperfections & Directions”. This is pretty heady stuff considering that Kelly is only 23 and her musical background began in the central community of Badger and her families involvement in their church.

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