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Sandee Ewasiuk paints a highly coloured, animated world which invites the viewer to imagine it into a narrative. She says she would rather paint the table in her head than the one standing beside her, and after you listen to her,  the table beside you may start to dance a little jig as well. To see things differently, turn to Sandee Ewasiuk.
Topics: yoga, Puerto Rico, DVSA, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington Senior Centre, Niagara College, Ken...
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As a seasoned journalist, a budding painter, and even as the nephew and namesake of one of Canada's greatest songwriters, Hamilton's Wade Hemsworth has probed some of the darkest moments life has to offer, as well as some of the most sublime. A compelling and wise storyteller, Hemsworth will leave you wanting to hear more.
Topics: Hamilton Spectator, Aviva Boxer, journalism, Paul Bernardo, Karla Homolka, Joseph Fritch, Somali...
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Art chose Mita Giacomini when she was a small child, & she retired early from a career in science to devote her attention to it. As a fiber artist she has developed a new form called surface weaving. It is complex & time-consuming & Giacomini couldn't be happier with it. Painterly in effect, the results allow for breathtaking detail, vibrant colour & a masterful weaving of abstract & realistic art. [We apologize for the occasional background noise caused by Mohawk College...
Topics: Carnegie Gallery, surface weaving, fiber arts, Studio Art Quilt Associates, Maggie Vanderweit,...
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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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Hugh Martin is a photo-based artist represented by the Mira Godard Gallery in Toronto. His images have been featured in PREFIX PHOTO & The Walrus Magazine . Martin’s colour photographs are landscapes & cityscapes that aspire to depict the beauty & importance of endangered environments and architectural antiquities. Martin has been honoured with the Gold Medal from the Faculty of Communication & Design, the Howard H. Kerr Memorial Scholarship, the J.L. Beaton Award and the...
Topics: Ryerson University, OCAD, Phil Bergerson, Imax films, twin lens reflex cameras, leaf shutter, Henri...
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At 70, Hamilton’s Tower Poetry Society is the oldest volunteer-run poetry organization in North America. Gaiyle Connolly is not only a poet & a member, but she has coordinated the events celebrating this august occasion—during a Pandemic lockdown! With her Committee she has turned a sow’s ear into a silk purse, found the silver lining to the black cloud, and flipped every metaphor to Tower’s advantage. Tune in to see how she did it.
Topics: Tower Poetry Society, Development & Peace, Conavigua, Guatemala, The Book Band, Trudi & GW...
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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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Mohawk Tuscarora writer, Janet Marie Rogers, believes that artists have a responsibility to tell the truth. She has been doing this through poetry, broadcasting, film-making and now publishing. She lived in Victoria, B.C. on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish People, where she was Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2015. But since moving back home to Six Nations in Ontario, Rogers feels her voice has gained strength. Listen to her; I'm sure you will agree.
Topics: Six Nations, Mohawk Tuscarora, Victoria BC unceded Territory of the Coast Salish People, Poet...
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Allyson Wenzowski runs Publicity Works, a public relations company that works with artists as well as with businesses.  She began as a storyteller, and her story will surprise you.
Topics: public relations, CHCH, Cable 14, Bill Kelly, Carnegie Gallery, DVSA, Nancy McKibbin Gray, Arts...
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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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Frauke Zeller & David Harris Smith are the co-creators of hitchBOT , the hitchhiking robot who traveled from Halifax to Victoria, and then across Germany and the Netherlands, capturing the hearts and imaginations of all who followed its progress. It met an unfortunate demise in Philadelphia after several weeks in the Excited States of America, but its creators aren't finished with it yet. To learn more about hitchBOT's journey and that of David Harris Smith himself, hitch a ride on Art...
Topics: OCAD, post-modernism, Jacques Derrida, hitchBOT, HAL, artificial intelligence, Bill Gates, Stephen...
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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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For his new book, Yardwork , Daniel Coleman set himself the task of studying the local environment through his own backyard, literally. He wanted to learn to read the land, which he has come to learn, has much to tell us. He sought guidance in this from the First Nations people of this area, as well as through its flora and fauna, and settler stories. Join him for a thoughtful conversation about understanding home.
Topics: home, Ethiopia, Hamilton Ontario, the Niagara escarpment, the Dundas Valley, Hodinohso:ni, Skyway...
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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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Carolyn Dover is primarily a landscape painter, because she is passionate about the Canadian landscape. Her use of “an electric rainbow” of colour, as Laura Hollick calls it, is enough to make the viewer sprout leaves. If your spirit could use an injection of chlorophyll, tune in to Art Waves #310.
Topics: Art Gallery of Hamilton, Tor Lukasik Foss, Laura Hollick, fauvism, landscape painting, en plein...
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Writing begins on a sea of speech, says Bob Spree, one of the founders of the Cootes Paradise Writers’ Group. He was explaining why he encourages members and guests to visit and get to know one another a little, before and after their events. Thus Spree has developed one of the most welcoming and encouraging writers’ workshops you’re ever likely to attend. They are just about to launch their third anthology, Sanctuary III . To sample the anthology, and to learn more about the group, tune...
Topics: Cootes Paradise Writers, Autumn Getty, Kai Fan, Alphonse Lanza, Adrienne McBride, workshops,...
In an antique store a slim volume with nothing on its spine intrigued Jeffery Donaldson. He pulled it down to find it was a book of poems entitled Hamilton, written by a William A. Stephens—in 1840! Not far away, in the attic of the family home he had inherited, George Matheson was intrigued by a portrait of a mysterious man and six of his rather interesting diaries. The man was William A. Stephens. How Jeffery and George found each other and have continued to learn more about the “Pioneer...
Topics: Esquesing, Georgetown, Upper Canada, 19th century Canadian poetry, the Hamilton escarpment, Mark...
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Born & raised in Armenia, Max Ratevosian was chosen from his grade 4 class to study ballet. Many others were also chosen, but most fell off the track. He continued, learning from brilliant teachers, and eventually moving to Canada and becoming one himself. He is Artistic/Executive Director & Ballet Master for both the Hamilton City Ballet & the Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts. Ballet, he says, is live art, and his life story reflects that.
Topics: Yancieth Paniagua, Yerevan Armenia, Theatre of Opera & Ballet, St. Petersburg Academy of...
In early November of 2004, Hamilton police shut down the protest camps in the Red Hill Valley & the building of the Parkway began—with clear-cutting of the trees. All of this was documented by Cees van Gemerden, who was able to keep such a thorough record because his wife and fellow photographer, Annerie van Gemerden, supported the family. Artist & writer Robert Clark Yates was often with the protesters, & wrote poems, articles & letters to the Spectator . Writer John Terpstra...
Topics: Red Hill Valley, Don McLean, Jane Mulkewich, Citizens at City Hall, Thomas McQuesten, HA&L, The...
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Having come to biography late (in his 40s), James King has wasted no time. He has published 12 of them, plus 5 novels, & was working on 2 new projects as we went to air. King has written about some of the modern world’s most iconic artists & writers, luminaries such as Virginia Woolf, Margaret Laurence, Lawren Harris & Paul Nash. An exploration of David Hockney is one of those he has in the hopper! For an hour on the cutting edge, tune in to Art Waves #415.
Topics: Virginia Woolf, Margaret Laurence, Lawren Harris, McMaster University, Paul Nash, Alan Walker,...
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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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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Sara Traficante plays classical flute, but doesn’t limit herself to that style of music. Proud owner of many different types of flutes & wind instruments, she also plays for film & television, & for modern artists such as The Arkells & Jeremy Fisher. Having been blessed by passionate teachers, she has become one herself, teaching at Redeemer & McMaster. As half of Azuline Duo, with her partner Emma Rush, Traficante has just released another beautiful CD, Fandango.
Topics: Anne With An E, CBC/Netflix, The Arkells, Hidden Pony, Twin Within, Jeremy Fisher, Azuline Duo,...
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Painter Sylvia Simpson gives up a lot for her art.  Sometimes she gives up reality altogether.  It all depends on the light.  But everything each of us creates will bear the imprint of our own nature, and in Simpson's case that means her work is inevitably animated, because she is.  For a lively discussion of art, join us for Art Waves #330.  [Technical difficulties mean occasional static during this interview, for which we apologize.]
Topics: Melissa Visconti, Creative Works, Westdale, The Hamilton Spectator, McMaster University, Port Dover...