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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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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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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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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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Hamilton-born Natalie Hunter comes from a family of makers, people who quilt, crochet & build model ships. She credits this for awakening her passion for art. Her goals are to create meditative spaces, which tap into the senses to give the viewer insight into the relationship between time, light & memory. She wants her art to let you see yourself seeing. Art, she says, is a visual language that transcends the verbal.
Topics: University of Waterloo, Brock Univ., AGH, Supercrawl, The Cotton Factory, Smokestack Gallery, Keira...
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Because he came to writing biography late (in his 40s), James King has wasted no time. He has written 12 of them, plus 6 novels, several nonfiction books, & the two biographical projects he’s working on right now. In his career he has delved into the lives & work of some of the English speaking world’s greatest writers & artists, including Margaret Laurence, Virginia Woolf, Lawren Harris & Paul Nash. For a fascinating episode, tune in to Art Waves #415.
Topics: Virginia Woolf, Margaret Lawrence, Lawren Harris, David Milne, Michael Snow, McMaster, Alan Walker,...
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As a preschooler in Montreal, when Richard Talbot’s mother would tell him it was time to take a nap, he would protest that he wanted to draw instead. She let him. Art is everything to him, & always has been. Talbot is passionate about creative pursuits, be they graphic design, typography, music or painting. To spend an hour with him is to feel the force of inspiration.
Topics: OCAD, George Brown, Humber College, Sheridan College, American Institute of Graphic Design, ANDY...
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Bill King is passionate about Hamilton history. So passionate that he wrote a book about one of its most famous 19 th century citizens, Buchanan of Auchmar , then started a publishing company, Attawandaron, to present his own book & other books on local history. And for the past few years King has been giving walking tours of downtown Hamilton every Sunday at 10 a.m. leaving from Gore Park. And as we recorded the interview, he had just presented what he hopes will become an annual festival...
Topics: Attawandaron: Hamilton's Publisher Ltd., Isaac Buchanan, Auchmar, walking tours, Robin McKee, Gore...
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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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Writer John Terpstra returns to Art Waves with not one but 2 books he is releasing during the Covid 19 Pandemic Lockdown. Obviously, there is no holding him back. One is Wild Hope , a book of prayers & poems from the St. Thomas Poetry Series. The other is Call Me Home , which will be published in the spring by Gaspereau Press. To unmask Mr. Terpstra, join us for another delightful conversation on Art Waves #412--socially distanced of course.
Topics: Covid 19 pandemic, Hamilton Book Awards, Governor General's Award for Poetry, RBC Taylor Prize for...
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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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Krista Foss returns to Art Waves with the publication of her second novel, Half Life, a story of frustrated ambition. While this story shares some general elements with her own life, the similarities end there, as the book veers away into complete fiction. Foss is as captivating as ever as she explains that writing, for her, is an act of discovery, as she tracks the “emotional lodestar” she senses at the end of her characters’ journey.
Topics: McClelland & Stewart, Smoke River, the Journey Prize, the Prism International Creative...
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Throw a big curve ball at Rachel Riordan—computers, twins, Covid—and she’ll grow a new arm, like a starfish. Hers was the last graduating class at Canadore College to be taught design without computers. She was just cresting the wave in advertising illustration when she got pregnant with twins. But Riordan brings the warm hum of creative energy into every new day, and her work is quite simply stunning.
Topics: Paul Riss, Toronto, Canadore College, North Bay, advertising illustration, Manitoulin Island, OCAD,...
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Classical guitarist Emma Rush returns to Art Waves to tell us about her latest CD, Wake the Sigh . This is a remarkable collection of pieces for guitar written by 19 th century women. Who knew? Rush is amazing, & floating on top of everything else about this project is her stunning guitar playing itself .
Topics: Azuline Duo, Sara Traficante, McMichael Gallery's Group of Seven Guitar Project, Bruce Cockburn,...
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After teaching literature for 30 years, John Van Rys has written a book himself. Moonshine Promises , a collection of linked stories based on his own life, has just been published by Wipf & Stock Publishers of Eugene, Oregon. Owing something to the magic and madness of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as to the flip books of his childhood, and the Canadian classics he has taught for decades, it’s a comic romp that also risks some sentiment without being sentimental. Tune in to learn...
Topics: Redeemer University, Wipf & Stock, Moonshine Promises, linked short stories, domestic objects,...
From over 3,000 works of art submitted to the Salt Spring National Art Prize competition this year, three of the finalists are from Hamilton. Olivia Brouwer submitted one of her contact kits, artwork designed to engage the blind as well as other art lovers. Monique Campbell submitted a photograph from her series of laundry lines, hoping to encourage a return to line-drying instead of electric dryers. And Richard Talbot submitted a classic oil landscape of the Barren River Gorge in Algonquin...
Topics: SSNAP, contact kits, visual impairment, Braille, marginalization, the meaning-making process,...
25 years after she wrote it, Bernadette Rule is publishing her first novel. It’s based on true events that unfolded one hundred years ago, June 25, 1921. Dark Fire details the lives, and finally the deaths by brutal murder of eleven young people, the Drews & the Lawrences, who ranged in age from 35 years to 3 months. They were her father’s first cousins. No one was ever prosecuted for the massacre. With this book Rule tries to give the victims back their lives in the only way she can....
Topics: dark-fired tobacco, burley tobacco, Simcoe, Delhi, The Black Patch Wars, Night Riders, Buck Duke,...
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Every artist should have a website & Stan White’s case proves it. He decided he needed a broader platform for his work than his books of poetry have given him, so he called on his technologically gifted son-in-law to be his webmaster. The result ( www.stanjwhite.com ) has brought not only his poetry, but his short stories and 3-D photographs to people the world over. ESL students in Brazil have begun using his site to learn English, since they have the text to pair with Stan’s reading!...
Topics: websites, webmaster, Elon Musk, Photoshop Version 3, film to digital, hacking, twitter, gmail,...
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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,...
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Klyde Broox may have experienced one of the more productive & surprisingly positive pandemic lockdowns, “trapped” in Jamaica with family he hadn’t seen for years, and rethinking his next book. Always a fascinating artist to interview, Broox doesn’t disappoint this time. For a rollicking and revelatory hour, tune in to Art Waves #416.
Topics: semiocapitalism, economics, poetry, Franco 'Bifo' Berardi, poeticians, Soul at Work, Wolsak &...
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Clarence Porter has cast his fate to the wind at least twice in his life. After high school he decided to embrace art fully and try to earn his living with his inborn talent and passion for truly seeing the world around him and then trying to make even more of it. After a successful career as a commercial artist, he decided to move from Toronto to Hamilton and take up a new love, pastels. To meet a gifted man who thrives in positivity, tune in to Art Waves #417.
Topics: pastels, commercial art, cartoon superheroes, Jack Kirby, Indianapolis, jazz, Dizzy Gillespie,...