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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Ian McEwan

award winning author Ian McEwan talks about his latest novel Machines Like Me, and much else.

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Kevin Spenst

Poet Kevin Spenst talks about exploring his experience of growing up with a father dealing with a mental illness and how he explores that in his poetry.

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Opera Mariposa

Sisters Jacqueline and Stephanie Ko talk about the illness they live with and that lead them to found an opera company.

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Haley Landa on strawberries

Haley Landa has some advice for introducing her favourite seasonal fruit into dishes both sweet and savoury.

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Paper Dresses

If you're at Oakridge Centre in the next couple of weeks, you might catch sight of some unusual garments.

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Faust at Vancouver Opera

Conductor Jonathan Darlington and soprano Simone Osborne talk with Matthew Parsons about Gounod's masterpiece.

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Percussionist Julia Chien

Julia Chien doesn't just play the timpani and the marimba. She's recently expanded her menagerie of instruments to include the typewriter and the desk bell as well.

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Sandhu Singh

Sandhu Singh is an artist based in Victoria. His work is in a solo show at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria until May 4.

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Duty, Honour and Izzat by Steven Purewal

Steven Purewal's book tells the story of Punjabi soldiers in WW1.

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Hermit of Desolation Sound: Chapters 1-5

Grant Lawrence is back with another serialized tale from the wilds of Desolation Sound.

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Re-imagining photography with Dan Jackson

Dan Jackson's new exhibit shows what happens when you stop thinking of photography as a way to document reality and start thinking of it as a mode of expression.

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"Brideships" at the Vancouver Maritime Museum

Artist Tracy McMenemy has a new exhibit at the Vancouver Maritime Museum about 60 women who arrived in Victoria from London, essentially to be married off to husbands.

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Genevieve Blanchet's award-winning marmalade

Genevieve Blanchet didn't expect to win silver at the world's most prestigious marmalade competition when she submitted a jar at the last minute. But win silver she did.

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Rob Butler on Herons

Ornithologist Rob Butler meets Sheryl at Stanley Park to observe some herons.

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Haley Landa on milk

Our food columnist and baker-in-residence Haley Landa has some thoughts on dairy products.

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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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