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By popular demand, Jean Rae Baxter is at work on the sixth of her Canadian historical novels set in the era of the United Empire Loyalists. To do so she has had to set aside her manuscript of an adult novel set during the American invasion of Pelee Island in 1838. And somehow she has to fit all this in with her impending marriage and a move to Kingston. A force to be reckoned with, Jean Rae Baxter visits Art Waves to talk about her astonishing writing career.
Topics: Queens University, Opera Hamilton, Tiger Cats, Seraphim Editions, A Novel Idea Bookstore, Verdi,...
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Writer and historian Adrienne Shadd is fascinated by the history of black Canadians, as well she might be, since she can count among her ancestors Abraham Doras Shadd, the first black person to be elected to public office in Canada, and Mary Ann Shadd, the first woman to publish and edit a newspaper in North America. For some fascinating stories, tune in to Art Waves #170.
Topics: Abraham Doras Shadd, Mary Ann Shadd, Rosemary Brown, Deborah Brown, The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car...
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Our celebration of the Seraphim Editions fall lineup continues with three writers from In the Wings: Stories of Forgotten Women. Art Waves #84 featured Richard Van Holst's In the Wings story "Maiden Aunt", about Charles Dickens' sister-in-law, Georgina Hogarth. Tonight you'll hear about: Jean Ryan's "Mrs. Holland" (Constance Lloyd Wilde, wife of Oscar); Lise Levesque's "Syrie" (Syrie Wellcome Maugham, wife of Somerset); and Todd McKinstry's "Olive Branches...
Topics: Constance Lloyd Wilde, Oscar Wilde, Syrie Wellcome Maugham, Somerset Maugham, Edith Bolling Wilson,...
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Singer/songwriter Jacob Moon has been making beautiful music for over twenty years, with a new album coming out roughly every two years. He roves across the genres he loves--folk, gospel, blues and beyond--doing solo shows with his mastery of live looping. Recently he teamed up with Joel Parisien to form The Commissionaires and make fabulous roots music in support of the International Justice Mission. Listen in to get in tune with the Moon.
Topics: The Commissioaires, International Justice Mission, The Gasworks, Joel Parisien, Walter Becker,...
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Laura Secord is a Canadian icon whose image has become something of a sacred cow (wink wink) over the past 200 years.  Having chosen Laura Secord and her image as the subject of her PhD dissertation, Christine Boyko-Head then went on to write a book of historical fiction about her.  It's called Pulse of Courage , and you will want to follow Christine as she follows Laura on this journey that became so important to Canadians.
Topics: historical fiction, McMaster University, Mohawk College, Canadian literature, the War of 1812, pop...
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The universe seems to want Peter Fischer to paint. Several serendipitous encounters set him on his path, and he has learned to pay attention to the details. For a time his “day job” was retouching photographs, where one of the things he learned was how to paint peoples' eyes open. As a painter of landscapes, he is still doing that.
Topics: advertising & graphic design, Humber College, paste-up artist, photo retouching, freelancing,...
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Next Episode (Seraphim Editions, 2016) is BD Ferguson 's first full length book. These linked stories follow the lives and exploits of six compelling characters as they go about their work as a reality television ghost-hunting team. But often their private lives are as interesting as their fascinating work. Come with us as we shine a flashlight into the complex and sometimes dark hallways of Ferguson's very creative mind.
Topics: reality tv, ghost hunting, fan conventions, Fan Expo, viewer voting, American Sign Language, tech...
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Wayne Jones is a Guyanese-Canadian who carries his home culture inside him wherever he goes. It offers him laughter and sweetness and endless fascination. In his many books—and now on Art Waves--Jones shares that treasure with the rest of us.
Topics: Buxton Guyana, Thomas Fowell Buxton, Amerinidans, Hamilton Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association,...
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Aaron Allen, Rhonda Dynes and Barbara Ferguson return for their much-awaited report on the world of horror, be it books, movies or television. This year, as per listener request, they are going to tell about their true life experiences of the supernatural as well. Get that garlic around your neck and tune in!
Topics: stigmata, John McNabb, ghost hunters, World War Z, Nigel Farndale, Jaws by Peter Benchley, Toronto...
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Poet Jeffery Donaldson co-hosts Art Waves as the celebrated writer Molly Peacock visits to tell us a little about her work. Paper Garden: Mrs. Delaney Begins Her Life's Work at 72 is a tour de force that has caused London's British Museum to change it's rules!  And we talked about that book a bit.  But Jeffery wanted to focus on Peacock's latest book of poems, The Analyst, which examines how sometimes the most fragile things are the ones that last the longest.
Topics: Mrs. Mary Delaney, collage, the British Museum, MOMA, the Morgan Library, Matisse, Picasso, Michael...
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Kristine Tortora is a student of book history, as well as a designer & printer. Her special interest in typography has resulted in her first book, Carl Dair & the Cartier Typeface , which has just been released from Gaspereau Press. It is a compilation of letters to & from Carl Dair, & tells the history of the first Canadian typeface—Cartier. She has written a book which is equally beautiful inside & outside. Listen to Kristine Tortora & you will never again take for...
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Topics: Carl Dair, the Robertson Davies Library, Massey College, Gaspereau Press, Cartier typeface, Mark...
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Artist John Haney's new exhibition at the Assembly Gallery is called The Angel of History, a reference to Walter Benjamin's definition of human history as "an angel who is blown backwards, blindly, into the future."  The history Haney is examining involves five generations of males in his family, beginning with his great grandfather, Seymour Algernon Crandall, & ending with his two young sons, Anson & Ethan. It's a moving exploration fed and enriched by the stories Haney...
Topics: Assembly Gallery, Art Crawl, Walter Benjamin, masculinity, mining and metals, Paul Klee, Sudbury,...
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Chris Pannell says that while it balances between an intellectual puzzle and an emotional one, poetry prefers the heart over the mind. He says the essence of poetry is to occupy the space that other forms of writing can't get inside as well. Pannell's new book, Love, Despite the Ache , tells of the journey of his parents toward death.
Topics: grief, the loss of parents, poetry, the Hamilton Street Railway, DARTS bus driving, Richard...
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Ross Pennie retired from a career as a specialist in infectious diseases which took him all over the world, to the island of his own imagination. As the writer of a series of mystery novels featuring Dr. Zol Szabo, Dr. Pennie can continue to probe into infectious diseases. His latest book, Up in Smoke, considers such possibilities in the tobacco trade on native reserves. It may just blow you away.
Topics: Writing Certificate Program at McMaster, tobacco, infectious diseases, talisman, Six Nations...
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Denis Corr loves to sing. It's as simple as that. He learned the old Irish songs while growing up in County Derry Northern Ireland, many of them at his Auntie May's knee, and between stories of his accomplished life, he sings them for us! Pull up to the radio or the computer and share in an hour of pure delight.
Topics: Brendan Quinn, the South Derry Feis, Corktown Pub, Bonnie & Des Quinn, Dr. Michael Newhouse,...
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With his Hamilton Strips, artist Paul Elia may well have created a new art form—one to do with integrated media, architecture, and community. While walking through the post-industrial streetscapes of his Beasley neighbourhood, he fell in love with the robust vulnerability of houses, factories and stores that had grown up together and outlived their heyday. He began to draw and photograph them. Join Paul Elia on a ramble that will improve your vision.
Topics: OCAD, graphic design, streetscapes, Hamilton, Denver, Art Crawl, Dave Kuruc of Mixed Media,...
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Ever wondered why some places are inherently scary? And is it even scarier if a normal, safe place becomes the scene of horror in a book or movie? Where's the line between horror and thrillers... or is there one? For a lively discussion of the role of landscape and setting in horror, don't miss this episode of Art Waves.
Topics: Hamilton as Horror City, Guillermo del Toro, the Scottish Rite, Crimson Peak, spooky Victorian, The...
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Born & raised in Wiarton, Ontario, Raymond Gilbert had no idea what he wanted to do with his life beyond storing memories of his happy childhood on the shores of Georgian Bay. Thanks to a Latin teacher who saw promise in him, he became a doctor. Now Gilbert is spending his retirement playing with words and paint & examining the life that, as a child, he simply lived.
Topics: Wiarton, When Time Was a Little Slower, Andrew Armitage, The Owen Sound Sun Times, John Keats, Sir...
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Besides his wife & twin children, the three most important things in Paul Riss’s life are birding, punk music & his work as an advertising creative. He was the star & the subject of the documentary, Rare Bird Alert, by Dream Street Pictures. A rare bird indeed, Riss balances the award-winning commercials he’s made for multi-national corporations, by producing first rate work at low or no cost to groups & companies that can’t afford to hire someone like him. Grab your...
Topics: documentary, Dream Street Pictures, Rick LeGuerrier, Michael Melski, Rare Bird Alert, advertising,...
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Mimi Shaw and Jeff Rosnick of the rockabilly group The Highnote Ramblers fill the Art Waves studio with high lonesome energy as they give us a live concert of covers and original music that will make you sit up and beg for more.
Topics: rockabilly, Imelda May, Sun Records, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Wanda Jackson, The Carter Family, Brian...
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In the age of digital photography, photographer and ecologist Dave Heidebrecht challenges us to consider its value.  He also ponder how twe can work to make photography and--all of our worthwhile endeavours-- more just and sustainable.  For a thoughtful and important perspective, spend some time with Dave Heidebrecht.
Topics: The Pearl Review, Centre3 for Print & Media Arts, Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Centre...
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Nate Johnson sculpts with wool.  That's right, wool.  His fascination with narrative, metamorphosis and the history of materials leads him to create life-sized sculptures from felted wool.  But he's not trying to pull the wool over your eyes--quite the opposite. Tune in!
Topics: Bob Yates, needlefelting, Mark Byk, Kristine Tortora, Ron Mueck, natejohnsonart.com,...
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Lisson in and have a Ball, as Paul Lisson tells us about the spare and fascinating poetry of Nelson Ball--and much else.  As one of the founders and editors of the beautiful online journal Hamilton Arts & Letters , Paul is here to start the launch of HAL's new online chapbook series, the first of which will be Nelson Ball's A Rattle of Spring Frogs .
Topics: Fiona Kinsella, Peter Stevens, McMaster's Alumni Association, Jim Burant, Culture Rapide, Canadian...
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Tonight Art Waves welcomes perhaps its own best listener—Jo Field--herself an artist in many genres: collage, jewelry-making, millinery, poetry, singing, photography, design and many more. She also has a shop on etsy.com. Jo considers herself more of a craftsperson than a real artist, but I disagree. Jo Field lives in the arts. In this episode, artist and audience come together in one person to make magic!
Topics: found objects, collage, Black Adder and Queenie, Joseph Cornell, "mending", New...
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No one lives poetry like Alvaro Tortora. Be a-mused and altered as you listen to him read his poems and talk about how they are born, and why, in each one, he faces death.
Topics: poetry, the muse, Italian and English, mother tongue, Lorca, death, translation
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Writer Janet Turpin Myers has just had her debut novel, Nightswimming, published by Seraphim Editions.  And it is a wonderful book.  So come nightswimming under the stars with her, across the map of the vanishing world and deep into childhood, back to the season when your first love was surfacing.
Topics: www.janetturpinmyers.com, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Farley Mowat, Charles Dickens, William Harrison...
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The last of the In the Wings writers to visit Art Waves--Mary-Eileen McClear, Carol Leigh Wehking and Linda Helson--bring you stories of Laura Secord (not really a spy), Annie Taylor (not often remembered as the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel) and Ann Hathaway (not better known as Mrs. William Shakespeare). For delightful conversation & music, listen in to Art Waves #180.
Topics: Baden Storytellers' Guild, Brenda Byers, Ferguson Cottage, storywomancarolleigh@gmail.com, Niagara...
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Greg Smith is a book designer, printer, teacher & practitioner of all the book arts. This years marks the 30 th anniversary of blindpigpress in Grimsby. To hear how Smith got into line behind such luminaries as William Morris, Carl Dair and Bill Poole, to marry Art & Craft, join us for another magical hour of Art Waves.
Topics: P.G. Wodehouse, Fluffy Cloud Workshop, Gail Smith, Beamsville, Niagara College, blindpigpress, Nest...
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After a long career as a beloved kindergarten teacher, Penny Mitton wrote her first book. To her surprise it was greedily snapped up by Simon & Schuster & will be in shops all over the world by Christmas! Her long apprenticeship gave her the love & understanding to create what will no doubt become a classic children’s book, Megon and the Dragons. While charming the socks off readers of all ages, it will teach children about anger management. Win win win!
Topics: Richard Van Holst, Archway Publishing, Simon & Schuster, amazon.ca, Barnes & Noble, anger...
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As an indigenous writer who is also queer, John Hill is used to “two-eyed seeing”, that is understanding the world one way, but being fully versed in how more mainstream people see it. Being a poet as well, perhaps he could be said to practice three-eyed seeing, but then, as the wise ones in his culture say, each of us contains multitudes. Tune in to John Hill for a peaceful Art Waves filled with wisdom and vision.
Topics: Hamilton Arts & Letters, Johannah Bird, Janet Marie Rogers, Kaitlin Debicki, epic poems, sci fi...
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Why is Hamilton one of the luckiest cities in North America? Partly because we have musician Michael Schulte playing and teaching here, and directing Chamber Music Hamilton, a classical music concert series that brings the world's best chamber quartets to us at a very affordable price. ≈ For live music played on period instruments, as well as for a lively conversation, join us for Art Waves #395. For good measure we decided to add Michael Schulte playing a CBC prerecorded presentation of...
Topics: Hugh Fraser, Chamber Music Hamilton, Winnipeg Symphone, Toronto Philharmonia, theremin, violin,...
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The beautiful on-line journal Hamilton Arts & Letters is the subject of this edition of Art Waves. Writers and contributors J.S. Porter and David Cohen came by to talk about its blend of visual and literary art, as well as the "trio with brio" that put it together: Paul Lisson, Fiona Kinsella and Peter Stevens.
Topics: HAL, on-line journals, Hamilton Literary Awards, Conrad Furey, visual and literary art
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Steph Yates and Tyson Brimacombe are singer/songwriters who are committed to creating handmade music, staging house concerts and producing their own and other peoples' music from start to finish. They brought a trunk-load of instruments into the indi 101 studio and played live to give us a taste of their talent and commitment. It is a taste that blends the past and the future to make a wonderful present.
Topics: independent music, house concerts, handmade music, cassettival, Homebody House Shows, Little Room...
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Installation artist Jane Adeney visited Art Waves to talk about her art and her creative process. She says she is inspired by the way people explore the spiritual through art. As an identical twin she is also deeply interested in the question of how we create a sense of identity. Be prepared to delve--into questions, more than into answers--in this inspiring episode of Art Waves.
Topics: installation art, visual art, inspiration, identity, art as a spiritual quest, Wax Mannequin,...
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One works in stone and the other in wood, and sometimes, magically, they collaborate to create a work of art which is both a sculpture and a piece of furniture. Cirvan Hamilton and Elise Muller came to Art Waves to tell us about their current show at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, but if you miss that you can always go to Stone Tree Studio in Dorset, Ontario to see, buy or order some of their exquisite work.
Topics: Edith Muller, Garrett Hack, Adrian Ferrizutti, Dean Ungard, Camille Claudel, Sarah Harmer, Elliott...
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If you've seen rabbits in business suits around the Hamilton area, you've seen the work of sculptor Steve Mazza. For a whimsical discussion about everything from self-portraiture to scale, tune in to this episode of Art Waves.
Topics: sculpture, self-portraits, whimsy, scale, materials
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Imagine a scene edited from Gladiator in which throngs of pelt-wearing warriors shout across the open sea: Tor! Tor! Tor! Tor! Such a thing is completely believable after a conversation with artist and singer/song-writer Tor Lukasic Foss. As Tiny Bill Cody, Tor blends intellectual angst with the musical brilliance that won him the Male Entertainer of the Year Award at the 2009 Hamilton Music Awards. But he is equally lauded as a visual artist. His energy, his humility and his talent filled the...
Topics: angst, song-writing, live music, lyrics
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Art Waves gets in the mood for Halloween in this chilling conversation with vampire scholar Barbara Ferguson, and zombie scholar Aaron Allen. Which horror creature will come out on top? Tune in to find out if there was blood on the floor after our horror cage match.
Topics: vampire literature, popular culture, Dracula, fiction, zombies, undead
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Robert Yates is a sculptor, painter, writer and musician--aRenaissance Man for our times. To meet him is to understand immediately that you are in the presence of someone who observes carefully and deeply. Episode #20 of Art Waves offers you an opportunity to hear a brilliant and fresh perspective on what it is to be a human being in the 21st century.
Topics: sculpture, painter, philosopher, artist, public artwork, visual culture
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Jimmy and Ligia Van Rosi hail from Kenya originally and they have teamed up to form the Kenyan Dance Band duo that will set your toes tapping. They stopped by Art Waves to celebrate the launch of their first CD, Kenya Nchi Yetu: Van Rosi sing 15 Kiswahili Classics.
Topics: Kenyan music, Kiswahili classics, dance band
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For his sixth visit to Art Waves, Stan White comes to us listening carefully, as ever, to the music around him. Whether you are awakening beside the redbird gate, idling in the Bamboo Valley with your jug of wine, or simply sweeping your own doorway while thinking about the husband whose return you await, you will pass through a gate of some sort listening to Stan White.
Topics: Li Po, T'ang Dynasty, Sung Dynasty, Ezra Pound, David Hinton, William Carlos Williams, Arthur...
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Wesley W. Bates is an artist who is perhaps best known for his wood engravings. He has illustrated the work of such illustrious writers as Stephen Leacock, W.O. Mitchell and Wendell Berry. This interview will give you a clear and lasting picture of the timeless art of wood engraving.
Topics: wood engraving, printing, painting, publishing, West Meadow Press, Thomas Bewick
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In episode #20 of Art Waves, we interviewed Bob Yates primarily as a visual artist, though we acknowledged then his many talents. We invited him back as a writer, storyteller and sort of community memoirist, to tell us some stories about Dundas, where he grew up. On this subject as on most, Bob Yates has insights that will surprise you--and a past that is even more colourful than we imagined!
Topics: Dundas, George Rolph, Allan MacNab, the Rolf Gates, David Mitson, Democracy, Stephanie Yates
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National Poetry Month? Poet Jeff Seffinga is averse to the idea. According to him, every month is Poetry Month; in fact every day is Poetry Day! He immerses himself in it from his first pre-breakfast haiku to the last image that dances through his mind as he drops off to sleep.
Topics: haiku, tanka, Abdullah Ibrahim, National Poetry Month, Jamie Shea Trio, the Beat poets
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Grazyna Ziolkowski loves creating clay monotypes and abstract paintings, among other things. From growing beans in her James St. North windowbox, she has begun The Bean Project, a fundraiser for two north end school breakfast projects. That's just one example of how her creativity and passion lead her outward to connect with community, and inward to explore the ideas with which her mind teems.
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The Hamilton Aids Network does an enormous amount for the community--work that is supported by this annual fundraiser. Always a glitzy, Oscar-related affair, this year the fundraiser will centre on the music of Rogers and Hammerstein and will involve local artists. Organizers Kerry Cranston, Rebecca Skibinski and Paul Lisson came by to give us the inside scoop.
Topics: Aids Network, fundraising gala, Rogers and Hammerstein, Oscar night, local art auction
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Jeff Mahoney is a much loved writer at the Hamilton Spectator. In this episode of Art Waves, he talks about the joys as well as the difficulties of newspaper journalism today. For the stories behind the stories, not to mention the poetic and musical sides of Jeff Mahoney, tune it in.
Topics: the future of print media, chess, humour, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Stevie Wonder, Lenny Breau
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Writer and storyteller Jean Ryan graces this episode of art waves with her engaging conversation about the art of eloquence, both written and oral. How do you shape a story? Why is listening to and telling stories so important for both adults and children? Wonder no more, as Jean Ryan tells the Parable of Truth and Story.
Topics: the art of storytelling, tales, fiction, writing, truth, sources
Threshold Choirs are an ancient idea, but they are relatively new to North America. Director of Spirit Song, a threshold singing group that works in St. Peter's Hospital in Hamilton, Beverly Horton explains the power of singing for the seriously ill or the dying, as well as for their families and caregivers. For an hour you won't forget, open your ears to the beautiful voice of Beverly Horton.
Topics: End of Life support, Death Doulas, First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, Rachel Derry, Rachel &...
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Andrew Mactavish is so passionate about birding and bird photography, that it has become the subject of his research at McMaster, where he teaches media arts production and digital culture. Why has birding become such a huge pastime, and how can it help us turn the tide on environmental degradation? Tune in and find out.
Topics: McMaster University, Birds of Ontario in Photographs, environmentalism, photography, Hamilton...
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The Groeneweg brothers, Jonathan & Laine, share Smokestack Studio at The Cotton Factory. It’s a printmaker’s dream. Laine oversees the analogue printing, while Jonathan handles the digital printing. Referring to it as a print playground, they added Smokestack Gallery as a space to showcase the work they do for artists. This encompasses both printmaking for its own sake, using a variety of materials, & the documenting of an artist’s body of work for their records. Their practice is...
Topics: Smokestack Studio, The Cotton Factory, Covid, collaborative printmaking, woodcuts, etchings,...
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In March of 2019 writer Ellen Jaffe was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. She had just changed her life by moving from Hamilton to Toronto to live with her partner, Roger Gilbert. Then Covid struck and the whole world seemed to be going through the cosmic changes she herself was facing. Tune in to hear how writing helped her deal with her crisis within a crisis.
Topics: Roger Gilbert, Lil Blume, Syntymalauluja/Birth Songs, Therapeia Foundation Helsinki, Jewish...
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Long a regular and beloved reporter for The Hamilton Spectator , Paul Benedetti has just published a volume of his collected columns, entitled You Can Have a Dog When I'm Dead: Essays on Life at an Angle . The book has all the attributes Benedetti's readers have come to expect. He has perfected the casual essay form, taking the reader from laughing out loud to fighting back tears in roughly 1,000 perfectly chosen words. Tune in to travel the extraordinary depths and heights of ordinary Canadian...
Topics: gritLit, ideas file, The Hamilton Spectator, writing from life, scoliosis, Thule, Dave Malcolm,...
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This is Art Waves' first Zoom interview, taped June 25 th , 2020 during the Covid19 pandemic lockdown, when we had to work from home. John Terpstra graciously volunteered to let me practice on him, so the interview is a bit shorter than usual, 40 minutes instead of 55. There are a few blips now and then, to do with band width or something I couldn't control. I hope you enjoy the interviews I will do from now until we can get back into the studio. And I hope they help to keep you entertained and...
Topics: pandemic, George Floyd, white privilege, prayers, St. Thomas Poetry Series, David Kent, book...
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Alan Walker returns to Art Waves to talk about his latest book, Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times . His interview responses are as eloquent and engaging as the book, which is saying a lot. After ten years of research and exploration, Dr. Walker has emerged with an understanding of this enduringly fascinating genius that will have you longing to hear more ... and he will tell you how you can.
Topics: Fryderyk Chopin, Franz Liszt, McMaster University, sources, Polish scholars, Governor General's...
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When you listen to Ariana Gillis sing, you have no trouble understanding why Dave Marsh of Rolling Stone Magazine says she may be “the best new emerging artist anywhere— period !” and why Bernie Taupin said, “I'm staggered by how good she is. Ariana Gillis is the single most exciting thing I've heard in a very long time.” She brought her guitar to the Art Waves studio and played songs from her forthcoming CD “Head Full of Stars”--which will be a good description of you after you...
Topics: Joel Moss, David Gillis, the Pearl Company, Hailey Gillis, Soulpepper Theatre, Briar Gillis, The...
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Gary Barwin 's first novel hit the shelves running. Yiddish for Pirates , the rollicking tale of a five hundred year old parrot and his pirate master Moishe was short-listed for the Governor General's Award and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Tune in as Barwin scatters his treasures liberally over Art Waves.
Topics: Lithuania, the Inquisition, Christopher Columbus, the fountain of youth, parrots, Humboldt the...
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Brothers Carl & Tim Jennings teamed up with Ed Mitchell to form Freedom Train , a concert band with over a thousand songs you know and love in its repertoire. This is not just a cover band. As Carl puts it, “Would you call the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra a cover band? All they play is other people's music, like Beethoven & Bach.” With just three instruments & two voices, Freedom Train achieves the impossible. Tune in for a concert sampler that will have you rocking out!
Topics: the Burlington Conservatory of Music, Mary Thurston, the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra,...
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Ross Belot’s new book of poems, Moving to Climate Change Hours, explores our complex dependency on fossil fuels & the unfortunate consequences. Having worked in the oil & gas industry for thirty years, he is well qualified to write about this, both in terms of experience & conscience. He has devoted about twenty years to the craft of poetry & it shows .
Topics: St. Mary's College of California, CBC's Poetry Prize, The National Arts Centre #CanadaPerforms,...
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Andrea Jackman is a curator at Earls Court Gallery, which represents both living artists & historical artists from the Hamilton area. She finds both aspects of her work fascinating, & feels passionately that art is key to a community’s growth.
Topics: Earls Court Gallery, Pat Foss, commercial gallery, the business aspect of art, Univ. of Waterloo,...
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John Terpstra returns to Art Waves with his 11 th book of poems, Call Me Home (Gaspereau Press). It’s beautiful outside and inside, with poems that will make you laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. And, for something completely different, he has added a short essay about his writing practice.
Topics: Adam MacKenzie Smith, Gaspereau Press, Kentville NS, Andrew Steeves, Olympia typewriters,...
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Award-winning comic novelist, author of Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life, and The Fearsome Particles was the McMaster Writer-in-Residence for fall 2009, when Art Waves invited him over for a conversation. You will find his very serious take on the art of writing--even comic writing--most enlightening.
Topics: fiction, humour, novel-writing
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The organizers of the children's literacy festival, Telling Tales, returned to Art Waves to tell us about their second annual festival!
Topics: literacy, children's literature, storytelling
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The Book Band is a one-of-a-kind organization devoted to helping small publishers and unknown writers find an audience. The passion George and Trudi Down feel for this work--as well as their devotion to each other--will inspire you, whether you're listening, as we were, two days before St. Valentine's Day, or any day of the year.
Topics: Tower Poetry Society, Eden Mills Writers' Festival, Word on the Street, Seraphim Editions, Potlatch...
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Poet and essayist John Porter has a rather wise aura about him, and Art Waves could think of no better guest to entertain on All Saints Day. He did not disappoint.
Topics: poetry, essays, language, spiritual exploration
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Writer Marianne Brandis has helped a generation of Canadian schoolchildren form a picture of Upper Canada's historical beginnings with her y.a. novels. These days she is focussing on non-fiction, specifically on the lives of her incredible family.
Topics: fiction, non-fiction, biography, family relationships, young adult novels, Dutch immigration
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Art Waves is followed every Sunday night by the all women's music program, Broadbanned, hosted by Patty Wacks and Alyssa Nicole, two members of the punk band, Rackula. This week we asked them to come in an hour early and be our guests. They did, joined by Rackula's rhythm guitarist, Molly Darling. Unfortunately, Lindsay "LC", their bass guitarist was unable to be there. For an inspiring insight into why feminism is still vital, listen to the women of Rackula.
Topics: feminism, sexism, punk music, Broadbanned, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Riot Girls, The Shirelles,...
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Urban designer and architect Ken Coit believes the public art of a place is the best way to tell the collective story of its people. It's the embodiment of You Are Here.  He wants to see artists take their rightful place of importance. He says “Buildings learn over time.” As he talks about temporary and long-term art, & the architecture of subtraction, you’ll see why he may be the perfect person for his job: Manager of Placemaking, Public Art & Projects for the City of Hamilton...
Topics: Coronavirus Pandemic, The Burlington Urban Design Review Committee, OMB, Jane Jacobs, The City of...
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Sculptor George Wallace is a Canadian treasure. Artists and George Wallace students Bob Yates and Romano Dreossi dropped by with Mohawk architect Tony Butler to talk about public art--who's responsible for maintaining it? In particular they are concerned with George Wallace's 24 foot welded steel masterpiece "Educational Experiment" which was commissioned by Tony Butler when Mohawk was built. It has since been literally cut into pieces and stored in a machine shed. We think it should...
Topics: George Wallace, Lazarus, resurrection, public art, Fellini, education, sculpture
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It was a game of Where is Waldo when Art Waves guest, singer/songwriter Martin Rouleau arrived at Mohawk College just as the Hamilton Music Awards were gearing up. Security could not help, since there were about 50 people in the lobby matching our description of an artsy looking guy with long hair carrying a guitar. But he found us just in time, and gave us a wonderful hour of conversation and live music, saved on this podcast just for you.
Topics: singer/songwriter, music, folk, rock, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, live music
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Who better to help us celebrate Robbie Burns Day than harper and Celtic singer Ruth Sutherland? Though she was fully prepared to play live for us, the weather proved a trifle cold for her harp. (It was more like Robbie Brrrrrs Day!) So she brought in her award-winning CDs instead, but she did start us off with a live a cappella rendition of MacCrimmon's Lament. So rrroll up your r's and your argyle socks and let the beautiful words and music of Ruth Sutherland warm you right through.
Topics: Celtic music, Robbie Burns Day, harper, Scantily Plaid, traditional music, folk
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H.V. Morton is said by some to have invented the very concept of travel writing and, though he died in 1979, his books are still being reissued and widely read today. Poet Stan White has taken a step beyond being influenced by Morton. He has begun to carve poems out of the very poetic prose of the man he fondly calls HVM. To test your ear on the difference between prose and poetry, tune in to Stan White's seventh visit to Art Waves.
Topics: the H.V. Morton Society, Peter Devenish, Niall Taylor, David Weiss, saw music, King Tut's tomb,...
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In this Halloween episode, the Art Waves Horror Panel takes us from the innocuous world of the Addams Family and The Munsters, to today's cutting edge (and we mean cutting edge) television programs like True Blood. Tune in as Barbara Ferguson, Rhonda Dynes, and Aaron Allen take us on an in-depth (6 feet of depth!!) discussion of tv horror. Though we were having too much fun to remember to announce it, this edition closes with Barbara Ferguson's song pick, "Lullaby" by The Cure.
Topics: horror, mystery, the unknown, vampires, zombies, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, good vs...
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Abstract painter, Frances Ward works in the grand old tradition of drip painters, but she incorporates found objects and litter to create surprisingly powerful visual statements about urban life. This is a conversation that will keep dripping in your memory long after you listen to it.
Topics: painting, patterns, abstract art, found materials, drip painting
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Richard Van Holst is a writer and his nephew Tyler is a visual artist. Richard is a researcher at Redeemer University College, where Tyler is a student. Art Waves invited them to talk to us about their creative pursuits, as well as the roots of creativity in families.
Topics: writing, visual art, roots of creativity, family, Charles Dickens, Georgina Hogarth
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Many people join writing workshop groups to enhance their work, but not many such groups are as cohesive and boldly exciting as the one formed by Marilyn Gear Pilling, Linda Frank, Dick Capling and Ross Belot. In this interview they discuss their adventures and how the group has helped them develop their various poetic voices.
Topics: poetry, Don McKay, Robert Hilles, Liz Phillips, The Banff Centre, Ron Hines, Netania Davrath
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Patrik Jandak moved from Slovakia, when he was the President's official photographer, to Canada, where he has a portrait studio and operates PH Photography Magazine.  For an intense discussion of his roles as a political, documentary, and fine art nude photographer, focus on Art Waves 223.
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Topics: Russell Smith, Auguste Rodin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Rob McClennan, Antonin Kratochvil, Richard...
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Music scholar Alan Walker has dedicated much of his life to the story and the music of Franz Liszt.  His definitive three-volume biography of Liszt took twenty-five years to write, but he isn't finished with the great man yet.  For an eloquent and passionate hour, tune in to Art Waves 224.
Topics: Wilhelm Backhaus, Arthur Rubenstein, John Ogden, Louis Kentner, Valerie Tryon, Alvar Lidell,...
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The Tower Poetry Society is the longest running poetry group in North America and it is inviting you to join!  G.W. Down and David Billings, both scientists by profession, make their case as to what's in it for you if you join them in pursuit of the Muse.
Topics: Ida Sutherland Groom, Jean McCallion, Mario Cuomo, Bob Nielsen, The Visual Word, Vincent Francis,...
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Krista Foss's debut novel, Smoke River, has just been released from Random House.  Set in the charged context of a southern Ontario land claim dispute, Foss's career as a novelist hits the ground running.  She reveals the surprising roots of her passion for this subject in Art Waves 220.
Topics: Caledonia land claim dispute, The People of the Pines, Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance",...
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Peter Tigchelaar is a singer-songwriter known for his uplifting folk-and-pop-based, music, much of which springs from his deep Christian faith.  His wife, Cheryl, is a gifted singer in her own right.  Tune in for an inspiring hour of music and conversation.
Topics: Kathleen Norris, Thomas Merton, Mount Saviour of Elmira New York, St. Cuthbert's of Westdale, Bob...
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Radha S. Menon has led a fascinating, successful, international life in theatre, but she feels she can best express herself as a playwright. Through this art she gives voice to women, animals, even Mother Earth herself. Menon's latest play, Rukmini's Gold, won the Toronto Fringe Festival contest for 2015 and is coming soon to a theatre near you!
Topics: Red Betty Theatre, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Bishop Cotton School, Rotary...
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The writer-in-residence this year for McMaster University and the Hamilton Public Library is the accomplished and award-winning writer, Kim Echlin. In this fascinating interview she proves her skill as a master storyteller, on topics ranging from the oldest know poetry in the world, to the latest technology which links us to cultures all over the world.
Topics: communication, witness, Karachi Pakistan, John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Arvo Part, outreach dental...
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Prepare to be inspired!  Collage artist, storyteller, performance artist and creativity coach Lisa Pijuan-Nomura not only makes collages--she sounds like a collage.  A colourful, stimulating pastiche of ideas that forms a unified whole.  Her mantra is breathe, open up and create.
Topics: The School of Physical Theatre, Jacques Lecoq, "Speak", Staircase Theatre, Conrad...
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A playwright, actor, singer, filmmaker, animal lover, feminist and all round passionate woman, Radha Menon will leave you breathless. She has two new plays opening soon, a short film in preproduction, as well as material for a documentary, and the beginnings of a memoir simmering. Her anger is as infectious as her laughter. Tune in for the fascinating details, and prepare to be energized.
Topics: landlord/tenant board, Hamilton Aerial Group, stilt walking, Pressure Points, Hamilton Artists...
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In 2015 Amanda Jernigan and Evan Jones crafted a beautiful anthology of poetry called Earth and Heaven. The parameter they used to make their choices was poetry written by Canadians that refers to or somehow uses myth. Jernigan defines myth as stories with staying power, stories which can be told and retold, changing their shapes along the way, but always remaining fundamentally true to the original. Glide with Amanda Jernigan between earth and heaven.
Topics: Joseph Campbell, Bible stories, myth, Colin Labadie, Evan Jones, Rosemary Kilbourn, Jay Macpherson,...
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To hear the remarkable story of Klyde Broox's childhood, to better understand Donald Trump & the unfixing of reality, to explore the Seven Modes of Inquiry, & much more, tune in to this episode of Art Waves. You will be smarter & happier after you do!
Topics: McMaster University's Community Centre for Engaged Narrative Arts, CCENA, Bayeux Tapestry, the...
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When I interviewed Inez McClanahan , she was 105, still living on her own in an impeccable apartment, and completely healthy of mind and body--no dementia, no illnesses. When my aunt (her neighbour for many years), my sisters and I arrived, Inez was eating her lunch—a MacDonald's hamburger, chips and a coke! Asked the secret of her longevity, she says she has no idea, but by the end of this interview, you'll know it. She tells of the highs and lows of her long life--and she knows how to tell...
Topics: longevity, Oak Grove Baptist Church, Graves County Kentucky, tobacco sharecropping, Mayfield, Byrn...
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For his eighth visit to Art Waves, Stan White talks about humour in poetry, and reads us some of his gems.  For a witty look at climate change, fruit flies, a medieval locksmith and much more, tune in to hear the ever delightful Stan White.
Topics: global warming, William Plomer, nonsense verse, Chaucer, Billy Collins
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Keira McArthur is an artist who likes to examine profound ideas, through writing, painting and playing the cello. What should be included in a portrait beyond, or even without, the subject's face? What is the role of art in the human eco-system? What does the viewer, or listener, or reader bring to the context of a work of art? McArthur says every child drawing a tulip is learning, intensely, to see . For an intense hour of seeing anew, tune in to Art Waves #352.
Topics: Owen Sound, The Cotton Factory, Hamilton Arts Council, cello, David Sereda, Anne Michaels, December...
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Terra Lightfoot not only plays music by heart, she lives by heart. This is obvious in her moving and brilliantly crafted music, but also in her engaging and authentic character. A Hamilton musician who is at home with both rock and country music, Lightfoot is a consummate professional on the stage and off. You'll hear several songs from her latest, Juno-nominated CD New Mistakes, but she closes this interview with a live rendition of a song so new it doesn't even have a name yet. Tune in and...
Topics: Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, Willie Nelson, Ron Sexsmith, Built to Spill, The Both, Grace...
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When Chris Laing says his debut novel, A Private Man, features 1947 Hamilton as a character, he's not kidding. He does a stunning job of bringing that version of the city to life. For a delightful trip into the Hammer's past, tune in. After all, what better way to revisit 1947 than by radio? It will make you want to extend your visit through Laing's book!
Topics: 1946 Stelco strike, Mayor Sam Lawrence, Evelyn Dick trial, Rocco Perri, Pigott Building, Margaret...
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Poets Ellen Jaffe and James Deahl are among many writers who came to Canada from the U.S. during the Vietnam War Era. Their work has been included in the anthology Crossing Lines: Poets Who Came to Canada in the Vietnam War Era, edited by Allan Briesmaster and Steven Michael Berzensky. Early July, with its Canada Day and Independence Day celebrations, seemed the perfect time to discuss Crossing Lines.
Topics: poetry, immigration, draft dodgers, Vietnam Era
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Donna Lee Macdonald, the Arts Administrator for Hamilton Artists Inc., dropped by to talk to Art Waves about the important renaissance of that collective in its new home on James Street North. While she was here she also spoke about inspiration, and her own writing.
Topics: arts administration, Hamilton Artists Inc., writing, inspiration, time management, gallery, James...
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Award-winning writer Melodie Campbell applies her experience in Marketing to her own writing and happily shares the secrets of her success with Art Waves listeners. She writes comedy, mystery, fantasy--whatever her muse or her publisher requires of her, and she is laughing all the way to the bank (which, by the way, she used to run). She gets there in her white convertible, a purchase inspired by Nancy Drew and paid for by writing a mystery novel. Jump in!
Topics: I Love Lucy, Mae West, Douglas Adams, Janet Evanovich, Lisa Lutz, Lawrence Block, Donald Westlake,...
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Organizers Jessie Kaye and Karen Trollope-Kumar stopped in to tell us about their fundraiser for TRAS, the Trans-Himalayan Aid Society, begun 50 years ago in support of Tibetan refugees. They will be showing movies from Nepal Wed. Nov. 30th, 2011, 7 pm, at the Unitarian Church at 170 Dundurn St. Not only the films, but the story of how these two became devoted to this cause, will hold you long after the last movie ends.
Topics: TRAS, George and Inge Woodcock, Tibet, social justice, movies from Nepal, First Unitarian Church,...
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Leonore Bonham has been playing and teaching piano all her life, so when her first great grandchild was born, she decided to make her a gift of music. Using lullabyes and songs her own mother had cut out of the newspaper in the first half of the 20th century, as well as the talent of family and friends, she recorded a CD for the baby. Leonore called it A Swarm of Lullabees and she tells Art Waves all about it in this Mothers Day episode that will leave you humming.
Topics: piano music, lullabyes, mothers day
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Helen Sovereign was born on a farm and has lived on one all her life. This has given her a love of the natural world, as well as a strong sense of space and of the cyclical nature of life. All these elements inform her work as an artist. She began with ceramics and moved to sculpture, but whatever the medium, her message is about our place on the land.
Topics: farmscapes, installation vs sculpture, interactive art, space and scale in art, Arte Povera,...
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Abstract artist Grace Loney says she wants to give those who view her art the same experience listeners have when a piece of music surrounds and totally engages them. She also says everyone, of any age, should give themselves permission to stop over thinking it and embrace their creativity. We couldn't get David Wilcox's O Freedom for the ending, so we played her second choice: Anthem by Leonard Cohen.
Topics: Harold Glass, Kim Andrews, The Paper Box Studio, The Intersection Project, Glenhurst, Grimsby Art...
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This is the fourth year that Barbara Ferguson, Vampire scholar, has come by to answer my questions about her favourite genre. Since then Aaron Allen, Zombie aficionado, and Rhonda Dynes, all round horror lover, have joined Barbara to become the official Art Waves Horror Panel. This year the topic is horror for children. Quick everybody! Run!--to your radio!
Topics: y.a. paranormal, Coraline, Neil Gaiman, Christopher Pike, Rob Thurman, Horror in the Hammer, Zombie...