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Art Waves is an arts-interview radio program which airs live every Sunday evening from 7 to 8 at 10l.5 FM. Google "1015 The Hawk" to listen to the program in real time, or find podcasts of past programs here.



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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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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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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.
Topics: The Bean Project, clay monotypes, abstract painting, the James St. North Art Crawl, Nick...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Poet and scholar Jeffery Donaldson turns the tables on Art Waves host Bernadette Rule in this episode, as he interviews her about her collection of poems, Earth Day in Leith Churchyard: Poems in Search of Tom Thomson (Seraphim Editions, 2016). The program closes with four songs: Hard Times sung by Thomas Hampson; Tom Thomson's Mandolin by Bob Yates; Shining Birch Tree by Wade Hemsworth; and Brush & Paddle by Ian Tamblyn.
Topics: Tom Thomson, Jeffery Donaldson, Owen Sound, Leith, Don McKay, Kitty Lewis, Carys Ryan, Winnifred...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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...
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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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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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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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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Moving to Alberta gave a deaf six-year-old back her hearing. An eccentric and brilliant piano teacher guided her toward composition. She is now Composer-in-Residence with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and is repaying her adopted country in uncountable ways—among them putting Roch Carrier's iconic Canadian story, The Hockey Sweater, to music. At the end of this compelling interview Art Waves has added two of Abigail Richardson-Schulte 's compositions in their entirety: The Hockey Sweater...
Topics: Calgary, deafness, Beethoven, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, composing, Bach, the University...
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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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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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Darrell Epp is interested in "the poem as a document of its own creation, a celebration of the creative process itself".  With each collection of poems he publishes, he comes closer to realizing this.  His third book, Sinners Dance --due to be released this spring--was originally intended to be an exploration of Epp's Mennonite heritage, but the poems took him in other directions, and he let them.  They will take you on surprising journeys as well.
Topics: Staircase Theatre, Joseph Conrad, Raymond Chandler, Graham Greene, Wm. Faulkner, Somerset Maugham,...
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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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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 we neared Valentine's Day this year it happened that Art Waves provided its audience with some lush and very romantic music, thanks to classical guitarist Emma Rush. Not only did she have fascinating things to say about the genre, but she brought in her guitar and played live for us!
Topics: classical guitar, Guitar Hamilton, Dale Kavanagh, Tuba Akkaya, Jose Luis Merlin
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Sculptor Barbara Patterson shapes compelling conversation out of the roles inspiration, scale and materials play in creating art.
Topics: sculpture, scale, shape, portraiture, materials, inspiration, the burka
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After teaching art in elementary and high schools, Bridget Rule went back to school and became a commercial artist. She was hired by Gibson Greeting Cards of Cincinnati, and worked in an idyllic kind of "art factory" for almost a decade and a half before the computer and other factors put an end to that world. This episode of Art Waves will give you great insight into one of the casualties of the new technology: the in-house card company.
Topics: Loren Long, Wayne Wright, Karen Sisung, Gibson Greetings, freelancing, Helen Steiner Rice, Patsy...
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For decades, Steve Fuller has been delighting crowds at festivals, dances and peace walks with his beautiful fiddling. Art Waves invited him to come and play for us on the radio, and tell us how he filled his treasure chest of songs, both traditional and contemporary. Tune in! You might just find yourself tuning up as well--or dancing--to Steve's beautiful playing.
Topics: fiddling, traditional music, song-writing, violin vs fiddle, violin restoration
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Hugh Cook's new novel, Heron River, weaves together five very different characters in a narrative inspired by movies like "Magnolia", "Crash" and "Babel". Listening to how he found and researched his characters is as absorbing as a novel in itself. Pull up a chair beside the fire and open up this edition of Art Waves.
Topics: "Magnolia", "Crash", "Babel", the modern Canadian novel, research,...
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Tom Mackan began as an actor and moved to directing and reviewing community theatre productions.  If you've ever wondered how the complicated group project know as a play comes to the stage and takes you into another world, tune in and listen to a master of such ceremonies.
Topics: Tamara Kamermans, Dia Frid, Theatre Burlington, Londomat at the End of the World, Deb Dagenais,...
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Renowned singer, painter and MAD Camp director Jude Johnson comes by the indi 101 studio to sing and talk and laugh and just generally wrap you around her little finger. Listen and be delighted!
Topics: voice, music, painting, Jackie Washington
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His creative and entrepreneurial spirit took Martinus Geleynse into music, film-making, newspaper publishing (urbanicity), politics and more. He is the CEO of Hamilton 24, a film festival that just keeps growing, as well as of MGI and HomeSight Real Estate, two media companies that support people with ideas. Geleynse loves Hamilton, and the feeling is mutual!
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Topics: Richard Scarry, Richard Branson, Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, Mark Chamberlain, Hamilton 24...
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To help celebrate National Poetry Month, Cheryl Smith joined us to read more of the poetry of Nelson Ball, and Art Waves veteran Stan White returned to read some of his favourite poems.  For a powerful hour of poetry, join us on the ancient road that can take you anywhere.
Topics: Monty Python, Spike Milligan, John Betjeman, Hilaire Belloc, Philip Larkin, Captain Webb, James...
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Tom Wilson's life story is a compelling one & he explores it through music, visual art & literature. He quotes Bob Dylan as saying “We're not always born in the places we're supposed to be.” Having found out in recent years, not only that he was adopted, but that he's indiginous, Wilson says identity is the key. Once we find out who we are, we have something to offer. Broken wide open, Tom Wilson is feeling stronger than ever before, and his art reflects this. For a voice & a...
Topics: Mohawk, identity, Beautiful Scars, Lee Harvey Osmond, Oh Susanna, indiginous culture, J.J. Cale,...
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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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Marc di Saverio is a dynamic and passionate young poet who believes that poetry is too important to be thought of as simply the beautiful picture on the hospital wall, but which must become the CPR! He reads as if it's a matter of life or death, and you cannot but be swept into his tidal wave of words and emotion. To listen is indeed to be resuscitated.
Topics: Brian Griffith, Adam Getty, Ezra Pound, Sylvia Plath, T.S. Eliot, Emile Nelligan, Rambaud,...
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Jeffery Donaldson returns to Art Waves with his new collection of essays on poetry and poetics entitled Echo Soundings . For a lively discussion of ghostly encounters with mentors in poetry, the current renaissance in Canadian poetry, and all things poetic and spiritual, drop a stone of attention into this hour of Art Waves.
Topics: Karen Schindler, U. of T. Quarterly, W.H. Auden, John Terpstra, Mark Strand, Marianne Moore, James...
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Each of tonight's guests has contributed a volume to Porcupine's Quill 's beautiful Essential Poets Series . Amanda Jernigan selected and edited The Essential Richard Outram; Ingrid Ruthig selected and edited Anne Wilkinson, and Shane Nielson selected and edited Travis Lane. Each one talks about how and why s/he chose the poems; each one reads poems from his/her poet, and each has brought a poem set to music, just to top off the magic.
Topics: Porcupine's Quill Essential Poets Series, Tim & Elke Inkster, Richard Outram, Barbara Howard,...
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Singer songwriter Peter Tigchelaar returns to Art Waves to tell us about two exciting new projects: his newly minted fourth CD entitled Better Things, and his monthly invitation to songwriters and listeners to attend the Songcrafters' Circle at the Flagship Gallery on James St. North every third Thursday at 8 pm. For an extremely moving hour of music rising from dark places, don't miss Art Waves 233.
Topics: Tim Bosma, Gary Kickert, ukelele, John Terpstra, Kalahari Bushmen, Jason Collett, Psalms, James...
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Classical guitarist Emma Rush returns to Art Waves with her second CD, Canadiana, a tribute to great Canadian singer-songwriters. How do you strip an iconic song of its lyrics and still hear what it has to say? Emma Rush has the answer to that question, and it's brilliant.
Topics: Aaron Copeland, Rodeo Suite, William Beauvais, Appalachian Colours, Joni Mitchell, Gordon...
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Lynn Whitlaw Varey's first children's book, Bocconcinio Di Parma Saves the Day! was inspired by a donkey she used to see on her way to the cottage near Burk's Falls. She wrote it as a legacy book for her grandchildren, and wanted to find just the right illustrator. When she ran across the work of Keisha Neoma-Quinn, she knew she had found the artist who could bring her story to life.
Topics: Almaguin Highlands, Burk's Falls, solar farms, donkeys, Sealed Art, yoga, Cabbagetown, Riverdale...
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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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When the great guitarist Brian Griffith died suddenly in Nov. of 2014 it shocked everyone, but it was a terrible grief for his beloved partner Eudena Luther . This Valentine's Day she remembers him on Art Waves. She also brought along some of his unrecorded music to share. So we have included at the end of the podcast five of Brian Griffith's compositions, in this order: Full Heart, Dance With Me, Get Up Let's Go, Dance of the Marionette, and Dark City.  Love never dies.
Topics: Brian Lee Griffith Guitar Bursary, jazz fusion band Rapid Transit, Hess Street Jazz Festival, Fred...
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Four more writers from the anthology Brought to Light: More Stories of Forgotten Women tell us about their subjects, why they chose them and how they researched them. Jean Rae Baxter wrote about Methoataske, the mother of Tecumseh. Jane Mulkewich wrote about Sophia Pooley, possibly the first black girl in Canada; she was a slave of Joseph Brant. Krista Foss wrote about the Irish stained glass artist Wilhelmina Geddes. And Richard Van Holst wrote about the Indian painter, Amrita Sher-Gil.
Topics: Isaac Brock, Muskogee Creek, Shawnee, Methoataske, Tecumseh, Battle of the Thames, Fugitive Slave...
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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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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...
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Shannon Kyles' architectural drawing competition, "Places We Call Home" has been judged & opens Oct. 21st at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. To hear about this, Mohawk's new Architectural Restoration Program, where to get fine craftsmen, and much more, tune in to Shannon Kyles' third visit to Art Waves.
Topics: Tim Drake, Dave Snoddy, Leanne Borges, Sabine Haley, Dan Cheatley, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Graham...
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When Leanne Forsythe was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis she opted to manage her health through holistic medical and spiritual practices. In this interview she explains her own art of staying healthy with a chronic disease.
Topics: health, holistic medicine, Buddhism, meditation, M.S.
Judith Sandiford and Ron Weihs learned how to roll with the punches while running the Artword Theatre in downtown Toronto. That skill came in handy when developers bought their theatre space and told them to exit stage left within four months. After a diligent search for a new home they chose Hamilton for its burgeoning art scene, and have started the Artword Artbar in the James St. North district. Part gallery, bar, cafe and stage, the new venture has proven worthy of this amazingly creative...
Topics: artbar, live music, visual art, theatre, J.P. Riemens, Kori Pop, Boo Watson
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Janet Turpin Myers ' second novel, The Last Year of Confusion has just been released from Seraphim Editions, and is a worthy successor to her 2013 debut Nightswimming. It tells the story of two dear friends, Villis—a Latvian survivor of the Gulag Work Prisons, whose outlook is rather negative—and Bipin, an Indian follower of Gandhi, whose outlook is quite positive. Both are passionate ecological activists despite their advanced age. Curl up at the knee of a dynamic storyteller.
Topics: Latvia, Gulag Work Prisons, nematodes, North Burlington, yoga, Captain John Early, Gandhi, Easter...
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Award-winning poet Nina Berkhout's latest book, Elseworlds, has just been released by Seraphim Editions. She visited Art Waves to tell us about the collection and to talk about poetry, its sources, its caprices and its purposes.
Topics: Gabrielle Roy, Denise Ouellette Berkhout, Leonard Cohen, Shawna Lemay