BC: North by Northwest


BC: North by Northwest

Join host Sheryl MacKay to meet creative people from all around the province. Hear about their passions and inspirations. You'll visit artists in their studios, musicians and performers backstage, writers at their keyboards and chefs at the cooktop. There's great conversation and a lot of laughs too waiting for you every weekend on North by Northwest.

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Sunday October 28

Author Patrick DeWitt talks about books and movies and writing, Bill Richardson offers a Hallowe'en poem, Matthew Parsons has another installment of The Old Salt Route, Jonathan Berkowitz looks at the English alphabet and we visit an art installation at Regent College at UBC called Whale Dreams.

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Saturday October 27

Author Barbara Smith has a BC ghost story, Spencer Stuart talks about the history of the novel Frankenstein, Grant Lawrence has another chapter in his new serial for the show and we hear a heart felt tribute to Emily Molnar of Ballet BC

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Buffy Sainte-Marie biographer Andrea Warner

Buffy Sainte-Marie's career has spanned many styles of music and many different media. She's been an activist and a teacher as well as an artist, and she's been blacklisted by two American presidents. Andrea Warner's new authorised biography of Sainte-Marie tells the whole story.

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Bernard the German: Episode 1

Grant Lawrence is back with another serialised story from the wilds of Desolation Sound. It's the story of an ox of a man known to many as Bernard the German.

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Children's author Monique Grey Smith

Monique Grey Smith's book "Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation" is a finalist for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. Sheryl talked with her at the school where she met some of the children who inspired the book.

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Dr. Stephanie Willerth

The Willerth lab at the University of Victoria brings together biochemistry and engineering for some crazy projects - like 3D printing something close enough to human tissue to test drugs on. Sheryl got a guided tour of the lab from its head: Dr. Stephanie Willerth.

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Barbie boy in a Barbie world: new teen book 'Kens' deals with themes of teen suicide and body image

Raziel Reid's new novel, Kens, is a high school story inspired by the plastic Barbie world. In the teen novel, the stereotypical high school hierarchy is reimagined and parodied. Think Mean Girls, meets Heathers, meets The Stepford Wives ... with an LGBTQ twist.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:09:25]

Lighting designer Itai Erdal

Itai Erdal is a lighting designer, writer and performer, and he's up for a $100,000 prize.

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Poet Shazia Hafiz Ramji

Shazia Hafiz Ramji hasn't had an easy life. But she's translated it beautifully onto the page.

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Paleontologist Victoria Arbour

Victoria Arbour is the Royal British Columbia Museum's new curator of palaeontology. And she's got a big project on her hands: cataloguing a huge, newly donated collection of 18,000 fossils.

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Danielle Krysa: the Jealous Curator

Danielle Krysa started a blog to help her get back into painting. It led to a new career as a writer.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:17:02]

Kid Koala

Kid Koala is one of the world's most virtuosic turntablists. Plus, he's written graphic novels and scored movies. Now, he's bringing his audience in on the action in a show that puts them at the turntables.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:19:59]

2018 Alexis Mazurin Award Winners

Alexis Mazurin was a talented CBC broadcaster who passed away in 2005. The Alexis Mazurin Awards are given annually out to BC journalism students making creative radio. This year, the award went to two recipients: Francesca Bianco and Rehmatullah Sheikh.

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Anna Wong: Traveller on Two Roads

Anna Wong is a Vancouver-born artist you should know about. And a new exhibition at the Burnaby Art Gallery is the perfect opportunity.

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Painter Maryanne Wettlaufer

Maryanne Wettlaufer has lived in Haida Gwaii for years, and it suffuses her paintings with wild energy.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:13:07]

Pop culture reincarnation

Matthew Parsons has a theory. It isn't especially convincing, but here we are.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:17:04]

Shelf Life with Rachel Hartman

Bestselling author Rachel Hartman talks about books that have been important in her life.

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Kaarina Talvila

Kaarina is a textile aritist based in Vancouver who makes one of a kind silk evening bags. Her work is part of a show opening September 6 at Circle Craft Gallery on Granville Island.

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Jack Li

Jack Li is a young clarinetist bound for Harvard. He's on the CBC Music list of 30 classical musicians under 30 to watch!

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[mp3 file: runs 00:09:47]

Wickaninnish Inn cookbook

Executive Chef Warren Barr talks about the new Wickaninnish Inn cookbook and prepares a delicious rutabaga pasta dish!

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[mp3 file: runs 00:16:50]

Nomeansno: life after punk

Grant Lawrence talks with John Wright, the drummer from Victoria's legendary punk rock band Nomeansno, about life at the end of the road in Lund, B.C.

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Ceramics artist Ciro DiRuocco takes on the opioid crisis

Ciro DiRuocco has begun to exhibit his pottery around Canada. His artistic journey started when he was in recovery for an oxycontin addiction.

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The German Watchmaker

He's one of the last of his kind.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:08:46]

Odd Jobs episode 4: Animal Lawyer

Meet Rebekah Breder: a lawyer whose clients are furrier than usual.

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Temporal Drum Set

For a few days in late June, the Western Front in Vancouver hosted a mysterious musical art installation.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:10:32]

A trip to the farmer's market with Clement Chan

Clement Chan runs the esteemed Torofuku restaurant on Main Street in Vancouver. Margaret Gallagher tagged along with him on his weekly trip to the farmer's market for inspiration.

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Odd Jobs episode 3: Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist

Meet a doctor who specialises in several types of treatment nobody wants to talk about.

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Potlatch 67-67

A new exhibition at the Comox Valley Art Gallery explores the legacy of the 67-year potlatch ban.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:16:33]

The Phantoms at Mural Fest

One of the attractions at the Vancouver Mural Fest will be a scene from an art installation the like of which you've never seen.

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Odd Jobs episode 2: Waterslide engineer

Emily Colombo has the best job ever.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:09:35]

Less Is More

Matthew Parsons' tastes have always run towards the extreme; the busy; the blustery. But he's taking a break from that this week, and exploring the subtler things.

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Odd Jobs episode 1: Trauma Scene Cleaner

This summer series on North by Northwest will take you into the world of people who do the jobs you've never heard of. In this first instalment, you'll meet a guy who cleans up biohazards. It's not easy, but it's got to happen.

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Silversmith Wesley Harris

Wesley Harris is a master silversmith whose latest show pays tribute to his earliest mentor.

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Strings and the St. Roch

The R.C.M.P. ship St. Roch now resides at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. But in its day, it was the first ship to circumnavigate North America. For its 90th birthday, the Maritime Museum invited a string quartet and a selection of emerging B.C. composers to write music about its historic voyage.

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Forest Bathing

Pamela Post fills us in on the healing powers of the forest.

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Michael Brendan Hepher: Backroads of BC

Michael Brendan Hepher has a show now at the Fernie Museum, based on his family's travel around BC last summer.

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C.C. Humphreys

C.C. Humphreys' new book "Chasing the Wind," is set against the backdrop of World War II, the Spanish Civil War, the Berlin Olympics, the Hindenburg disaster... everything you've ever heard about the 1930s.

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Frank Ritcey takes a hike

This is the first part of our hike in the hills north of Kamloops.

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Dickens Sweets and British Museum

A visit with Ann Rogers and Fred Hails at their Dickens Sweets and British Museum in Chilliwack.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:24:47]

John Michael Koffi

John Michael Koffi is 20 years old, and he's been living as a refugee since he was 11. He's written a book about his experiences as a refugee in several different countries. He told Sheryl the whole story.

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Jesse Zubot

Jesse Zubot is a violinist, composer, and producer who has been involved in a frightening amount of projects. He talked with Matthew Parsons about growing up in a place where there wasn't much music going on, forgetting his classical training, and searching for a new sound with the Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq.

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Michael Murray with three pieces by Bach

Michael Murray is a pianist, harpsichord player and organist at St Phillip's in Dunbar. He's my first guest on a new series where musicians talk about three pieces of music.

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Being Ts'elxweyecqw

My visit with Chief David Jimmie and David Schaepe at the Squiala Longhouse to talk about the new book Being Ts'elxweyecqw.

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Shelf Life with artist Robert Davidson

A wonderfully wide ranging conversation about stories and books and algebra with artist, singer and dancer Robert Davidson.

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Jonathan Berkowitz

A visit from our word guy.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:11:05]

Richard Smart: Third-generation bookbinder

Richard Smart runs the Old English Bindery and E.C. Rare Books in North Vancouver. Antiquarian books are in his blood.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:18:06]

Kate Harris

Kate Harris's book "Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road" chronicles her bicycle trip she took along the famous route.

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Reviews on the road

Associate producer and pop culture obsessive Matthew Parsons went on a road trip, which isn't a thing he usually does. He came back with some thoughts.

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David Sedaris

Author David Sedaris is beloved by readers and radio lovers alike. His comic essays jump off the page in book form, but when you hear his bone-dry delivery it adds that much more delight. Sheryl talked with David about his new book, "Calypso."

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Author Eric Wilson

Eric Wilson is working on a screen play for his very first novel from 1976.

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CBC Science Fair

Nicholas Murray is a gold medal winner from the recent Vancouver regional science fair and a judge for the CBC event. Jill O'Hearn is a competitor in the CBC fair. She is a grade 6 student from Trail.

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Author Patrick Friesen

Patrick Friesen has a new book of poetry with a huge scope!

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Barbershop singing

Recent Langara College journalism grad Shoji Whittier talks about barbershop singing.

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Robert Silverman

Pianist Robert Silverman celebrates his 80th birthday!

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Gardener Donna Balzer on early spring

The warm spring weather around BC has provided some challenges for gardeners.

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Shelf Life with Bramwell Tovey

The long-time music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra stops by to talk with Sheryl about the books that shaped his life.

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Potter Meira Mathison

Meira Mathison is a potter based on Vancouver Island. She's part of the Fired Up! group which is having their annual show May 25-27

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Matthew Parsons tries to relax

It's a stressful world. Associate producer Matthew Parsons has some extremely weird suggestions for how to calm the tempest in your soul.

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Sharanjeet Singh Mand

Sharanjeet introduces a very rare Indian instrument; the Surbahar.

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Donna Kane

Donna Kane's latest book is a memoir Summer of the Horse.

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Matthew Parsons vs Gilbert and Sullivan

Matthew pays a visit to a G and S rehearsal with the Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

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