BC: North by Northwest

 
 

BC: North by Northwest

Join host Sheryl MacKay to meet creative people from all around the province. Hear about their passions and inspirations. You'll visit artists in their studios, musicians and performers backstage, writers at their keyboards and chefs at the cooktop. There's great conversation and a lot of laughs too waiting for you every weekend on North by Northwest.

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Sheringham's prize-winning gin

A Vancouver Island distillery that's only a few years old has just won a prestigious international gin prize. Sheryl talked to the distillers.

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Wildlife photographer Jess Findlay

Jess Findlay's image of a loon is featured in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit at the Royal BC Museum.

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Oscar-nominated animators Alison Snowden and David Fine

"Animal Behaviour" puts the audience inside a group therapy session for some very troubled animals. It's the National Film Board of Canada's 75th Oscar-nominated film.

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Biker Bob: the man whose ashes travelled across Canada

A new documentary tells the story of Biker Bob, a man who died suddenly in a motorcycle accident, and had a deeply unexpected posthumous adventure. https://www.cbc.ca/shortdocs/shorts/biker-bobs-posthumous-adventure

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Kids' singer/songwriter Ginalina

Gina Lam has made four albums for kids, each on a different topic. Her latest is about the idea of community, and it's up for a JUNO.

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Poet Chantal Gibson

Chantal Gibson's new book of poetry explores how black women are portrayed in Canadian culture.

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Palaeontology curator Victoria Arbour on a new dinosaur

The Royal BC Museum's palaeontology curator Victoria Arbour has just co-authored a new book about a spectacular new specimen - that she named after a character from Ghostbusters.

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Haley Landa on cookies

You can probably make cookies. But you'll make them a lot better once you hear Haley Landa's tips.

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Shelf life with Cecily Nicholson

Cecily Nicholson won last year's Governor General Award for poetry, but her work extends from poetry to social justice advocacy to gallery management. She talked with Sheryl about the role books have played in her life.

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Roy Miki reads and reflects

Roy Miki's new poetry collection brings together all of his work - from his early reflections on Japanese Canadian redress, to new poems that play around adventurously with language.

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Making faces with painter Janice Sich

Janice Sich's series of portraits "Making Faces" shows people doing exactly that.

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Sandy Shreve adapts seafaring life into poetry

Sandy Shreve's book "Waiting for the Albatross" is a poetic rearrangement of her father's maritime diaries into verse.

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Dancers and pipelines and Bears, oh my

"Bears" is a political comedy by the playwright Matthew MacKenzie. It's about a Metis man fleeing the law along the proposed route of the Trans-Mountain pipeline, and gradually turning into a bear. Maybe. Matthew Parsons talked with MacKenzie and the lead actor Sheldon Elter about the play.

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Haley Landa on bananas

You know what's surprisingly useful? Unripe bananas. Haley Landa told us how.

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Shelf Life with Bob McDonald

As the host of Quirks and Quarks for over two decades, Bob McDonald's lifelong learner credentials are impeccable. So, what does he like to read?

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"Reproduction" author Ian Williams

Ian Williams' first novel is a feast of experimental prose and dark comedy. But its beating heart is its characters. Here's a conversation about how fictional characters come to be.

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Matthew Parsons's belated 2018 recap

Matthew doesn't believe in doing year-in-review segments before the year is actually over. So, now that it's the end of January, it seemed like an appropriate time for him to put together a few of his favourite things from 2018.

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Poet Elee Kraljii Gardiner

Elee Kraljii Gardiner's latest book is a long poem inspired by the experience of a debilitating stroke.

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Alexander McCall Smith

When he was at the height of the legal profession, Alexander McCall Smith suddenly became a bestselling author with "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency." Dozens of novels later, he joined Sheryl in the studio to take part in our Shelf Life series.

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Matt Meuse's taxonomy of whale music

Whales have inspired a bevy of musicians from throughout history - to make music that's as grandiose and unfathomable as they are.

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Bernard the German: The Complete Series

Listen to all ten chapters of Grant Lawrence's serialised tragic tale of the giant of Desolation Sound.

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Yotam Ottolenghi

A new Ottolenghi cookbook is a marquee event for home cooks. His latest aims to keep it simple.

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Poet Aislinn Hunter

Aislinn Hunter has won many prizes throughout her writing career. Sheryl talked with her about what they mean to her. Plus, we hear a poem.

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Conductor Otto Tausk on getting to know an orchestra

Otto Tausk has been music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for three months now. He dropped by to give us an update on how it's going.

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Poet Ian Williams on national anthems

Ian Williams tried to remember the lyrics to three national anthems, with varying levels of success. It turned into a poem.

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Governor General Award-winning poet Cecily Nicholson

Cecily Nicholson is a poet and a social activist in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Her latest collection of poetry won the Governor General's Literary Award.

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Comics artist Pia Guerra

Pia Guerra's art has graced the pages of some of the most acclaimed and recognisable comics in the industry. And now, she's taken up political cartooning.

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Bernard the German, chapters 2-5

Chapters two through five of Grant Lawrence's serial about Bernard Kreiger.

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Culture Crawl recap

Vancouver's Eastside Culture Crawl flew by this past weekend. Here's a look back at some conversations Sheryl had with artists who took part.

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The Old Salt Route

All five chapters of Matthew Parsons' series about ancient folktales, German cathedrals, screenwriting, ghosts and organ music.

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Sunday October 28

Author Patrick DeWitt talks about books and movies and writing, Bill Richardson offers a Hallowe'en poem, Matthew Parsons has another installment of The Old Salt Route, Jonathan Berkowitz looks at the English alphabet and we visit an art installation at Regent College at UBC called Whale Dreams.

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Saturday October 27

Author Barbara Smith has a BC ghost story, Spencer Stuart talks about the history of the novel Frankenstein, Grant Lawrence has another chapter in his new serial for the show and we hear a heart felt tribute to Emily Molnar of Ballet BC

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Buffy Sainte-Marie biographer Andrea Warner

Buffy Sainte-Marie's career has spanned many styles of music and many different media. She's been an activist and a teacher as well as an artist, and she's been blacklisted by two American presidents. Andrea Warner's new authorised biography of Sainte-Marie tells the whole story.

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Bernard the German: Episode 1

Grant Lawrence is back with another serialised story from the wilds of Desolation Sound. It's the story of an ox of a man known to many as Bernard the German.

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Children's author Monique Grey Smith

Monique Grey Smith's book "Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation" is a finalist for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. Sheryl talked with her at the school where she met some of the children who inspired the book.

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Dr. Stephanie Willerth

The Willerth lab at the University of Victoria brings together biochemistry and engineering for some crazy projects - like 3D printing something close enough to human tissue to test drugs on. Sheryl got a guided tour of the lab from its head: Dr. Stephanie Willerth.

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Barbie boy in a Barbie world: new teen book 'Kens' deals with themes of teen suicide and body image

Raziel Reid's new novel, Kens, is a high school story inspired by the plastic Barbie world. In the teen novel, the stereotypical high school hierarchy is reimagined and parodied. Think Mean Girls, meets Heathers, meets The Stepford Wives ... with an LGBTQ twist.

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Lighting designer Itai Erdal

Itai Erdal is a lighting designer, writer and performer, and he's up for a $100,000 prize.

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Poet Shazia Hafiz Ramji

Shazia Hafiz Ramji hasn't had an easy life. But she's translated it beautifully onto the page.

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Paleontologist Victoria Arbour

Victoria Arbour is the Royal British Columbia Museum's new curator of palaeontology. And she's got a big project on her hands: cataloguing a huge, newly donated collection of 18,000 fossils.

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Danielle Krysa: the Jealous Curator

Danielle Krysa started a blog to help her get back into painting. It led to a new career as a writer.

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Kid Koala

Kid Koala is one of the world's most virtuosic turntablists. Plus, he's written graphic novels and scored movies. Now, he's bringing his audience in on the action in a show that puts them at the turntables.

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