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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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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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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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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...
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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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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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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Leon Eklipz Robinson has the golden touch. From childhood on he has been good, in fact excellent, at pretty well everything he tries: visual art, breakdancing, writing, making music, designing clothes, running a business, mentoring children, spearheading projects, photography, videography, and more. The Concrete Canvas Festival is his brainchild, and that one initiative has built skills, confidence and community. Connect with a genius, of the intellect as well as the heart, with episode 385 of...
Topics: Concrete Canvass Graffiti Showcase & Festival, Crown A' Thornz, hip hop, Letraset,...
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The purpose of a poem, according to Leo Dragtoe, is to capture the rhythm of the moment. As both a poet and a singer/songwriter, he is caught in the overlap between music and poetry. This is a delightful episode of Art Waves which will make you rethink the words tune in .
Topics: Hamilton Ontario, Hamilton Arts & Letters, Disability Poetics Issue 12.2, Leonard Cohen,...
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From the age of three John Miecznikowski reached out to art to help him interpret and explore the world around him. He asked his uncle who had just returned from World War II to sit for him in his uniform. Since then he has sculpted such luminaries as Margaret Atwood and David Suzuki. Tune in to Art Waves #397 and delight in some beautiful mystery, as you listen to a born storyteller talk about being born to art.
Topics: Hamilton Ontario, Viet Nam draft, Lackawanna, portraiture, 1947 two-door Ford, perspective,...
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Lance Darren Cole spent an idyllic childhood in a "functioning family" with the escarpment as his playground.  He still loves to walk the trails & explore the waterfalls of Hamilton, but now, instead of building forts & sundials, he builds poems & stories.  For an enchanting hour, tune in to Art Waves #408.
Topics: Mount Hamilton Henderson Hospital, tall tales, waterfalls, Hamilton escarpment, Theatre Aquarius,...
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Trevor Hodgson is the third 90-year-old man (well, he’s almost 90) I’ve interviewed on Art Waves in the past two months—and they are all from England, and brilliant. An abstract artist, inspiring teacher, beloved former director of the DVSA, & jazz clarinetist, Hodgson is that rare person: extremely gifted, & extremely humble. Thank goodness his son Paul was there to help strike a balance & sing his praises, which you’ll want to do too after listening to Art Waves #402.
Topics: Carnegie Gallery, Regina Haggo, Hamilton Spectator, A Visit to the Winter Palace, Pandemic 2020,...
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Trevor Hodgson is the third 90-year-old man (well, he’s almost 90) I’ve interviewed on Art Waves in the past two months—and they are all from the north of England! Must be something in the water—they’re all also brilliant. An abstract artist, inspiring teacher, beloved former director of the DVSA, & jazz clarinetist, Hodgson is that rare person: extremely gifted, & extremely humble. Thank goodness his son Paul was there to help strike a balance & sing his praises, which...
Topics: Regina Haggo, Hamilton Spectator, Carnegie Gallery, DVSA, A Visit to the Winter Palace, Pandemic...
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With his varied skills and interests, talking to Shawn Selway is a journey and a half. Devoted to the preservation of the industrial machinery of the past, he also believes new technology “sets the horizon of possibility” for our future. To that end, we must resolve the tension between technological and political solutions to our problems. These tensions played a huge role in the mid-twentieth century medical evacuations of the Inuit from their arctic home to the Mountain Sanatorium here in...
Topics: TS Eliot's Wasteland, From Ritual to Romance, grail legends, The Quest for the Historic Jesus,...
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After six long years, and in the midst of the pandemic lockdown, Art Waves brings Stan White back to the program to talk, as no one else can, about poetry, why it matters and how it works. At 90 he's as sharp and creative as ever, sharing old gems and poems hot off the press of his brilliant mind.
Topics: Archibald Macleish, isolation, Tai Grove, Hidden Brook Press, pankus, George Whibbs, Glenhyrst Art...
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In his third book, Sonnets for Saharan Nights, G.W. Down sets up a fictional story of unrequited love. He plays with the sonnet form in a variety of ways, all of which provided a welcome challenge for him, but none of which impedes a 21 st century reader's ability to enjoy the poems individually, as well as to follow the arc of the narrative. Timeless love is the theme, and timeless writing is the goal. Check.
Topics: Gertrude Olga Down, The Book Band, Tower Poetry Society, Lake Erie, Potlatch Publications,...
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Knowing that portraiture reduces the invisibility that can grow up around a person, Leslie Sasaki wanted to go even farther. With scotch tape he created brilliant portraits of some of the denizens of the 541 Eatery on Barton Street East in Hamilton Ontario, a cafe which has community-building between mainstream citizens and the marginalized as its mandate. He then mounted the portraits in the transom windows of 541 where “they are animated by the daily light”. For a penetrating &...
Topics: The 541 Eatery, Faces of 541, The Invisibility Project, The Hamilton Spectator, Jeff Mahoney,...
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Ever since she can remember, Michelle Guitard has been “making something out of something”. An acrylic painter of landscapes, florals & other elements of nature, she began running workshops & classes to supplement her income, and fell in love with teaching. She says it inspires her & helps her to grow in her own art.
Topics: University of Guelph, Georgian College, York University, acrylic painting, art therapy, McMaster,...
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David Haskins’ latest book, Blood Rises , comprises poems written over the last several decades and takes us from the North Pole to Machu Picchu. It covers the emotional landscape as well, from something as mundane as pruning a raspberry bush, to the depths of losing a beloved life partner. Says Haskins, no matter how ardently we yearn and reach, the answers we are seeking lie within.
Topics: Guernica Editions, Wolsak & Wynn, The Oxfordian, Windsor Review, Fiddlehead, Prism, The Onion,...
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Kindergarten teacher Bruce Simpson has written many songs for children, & he has told many stories to them; then one day a simple but profound idea came to him, which has now taken the form of his first picture book: Paislee and the Talking Tree . When local artist Rae Bates “brought the book to life” through her illustrations, he was ready to share this story about our relationship with Nature, about friendships waiting to happen, & about one very bright little girl who was open to...
Topics: kindergarten, pollinator gardens, Mrs. Elke Goindi, Rae Bates, Bellmoore School, Binbrook, the...
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After several years of writing a column about the growing demographic that considers itself spiritual but not religious (now known as SBNRs), journalist Anne Bokma wanted to try for herself some of the things she'd been describing. Thus her book, My Year of Living Spiritually: From Woo-Woo to Wonderful—One Woman's Secular Quest for a More Soulful Life. Art Waves invites you to let Bokma be your travel guide toward the spiritual. We promise you a wonderful trip.
Topics: SBNR or Spiritual but not Religious, Broadview Magazine, The United Church Observer, Newfoundland...
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Elizabeth Tessier is a Hamilton poet whose latest collection, Frozen Charlotte , was released in 2019 as part of Frog Hollow Press's Dis/ability Series. Poem by poem, Tessier chronicles her life with early-onset Parkinson's. From its title and cover, through each exquisitely crafted poem, this is a heart-breakingly honest and beautiful book.
Topics: Jeff Tessier, Gary Barwin, Mohawk College, Seba Smith, Victorian dolls, Parkinson's Disease, Shane...
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Patricia Peacock-Evans has been working with her hands all her life, sewing, cooking, making things. There were a number of architects and artists in her family, including her father and sister. She did everything but paint, until she was in her forties. Watercolour is her medium, and her paintings are luminous, gorgeous. Listen & be inspired.
Topics: Lawson Woodward, Lorne Toews, DVSA, Alexandra Day, illustration, Good Dog Carl, watercolour...
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Unfortunately, the Coronavirus pandemic provides a perfect context in which to discuss horror & the body -- our Horror Panel 2020 theme. Weirdly enough, the Panel chose this topic way back in the “normal” year of 2019. Hmmmmm.... Join “Zoombies” BD Ferguson & Aaron Allen for a lively & often hilarious dissection of horror classics involving the body.
Topics: Hamilton Zombie Walk, Hexploitation Film Festival, Next Episode, Victorian literature, Rhonda...
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Sally Cooper says literature and stories are how we tell the world to ourselves. Her third novel, With My Back to the World , released in 2019 by Wolsak & Wynn, explores one day in the life of each of three different women, living in different time periods. One is in her early 20s, one in her early 40s, and the third--real life Canadian abstract artist, Agnes Martin, is in her early 60s. Through them she examines motherhood, art and faith.
Topics: Minden, Bobcaygeon, colonization roads, motherhood, art, faith, Haiti, international adoptions,...
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Marg Heidebrecht's first book, In the Shade: Friendship, Loss, and the Bruce Trail, revolves around the three themes of its subtitle.  It came about when her friend Pam died not long after the two of them completed their four year project of hiking the Bruce Trail end to end.  The walk provided the perfect context for Marg when she needed to explore the loss of a dear friend.
Topics: Bruce Trail, death, friendship, Pam Will, Al Will, hiking, ESL, Freisen Press, grief, loss...
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Follow Marjan Mozetich from his childhood in the north end of Hamilton to his position among the most honoured composers of Canada. He got there on the bright path of music, and he closes the story with one that is a parable for the power of art. We added a bonus track at the end, so you'll hear Unfolding Sky first, performed by Angele Dubeau & La Pieta on the Analekta label, and then Dance of the Blind, performed by Joseph Petric for CBC Musica Viva.
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Topics: north end Hamilton, Kingston, Juno Award, SOCAN Jan V. Matejcek Concert Music Award, royalties,...
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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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Graphic designer Jennifer Kaye has worked in every aspect of the arts, from practitioner, to facilitator and consultant. She has a wide range of interests and experience which places her in the perfect position to support art and artists.
Topics: Theatre production, Binbrook Little Theatre, writing, Saltfleet High School, Stoney Creek, U of T,...