I am constantly amazed by the level and breadth of artistic talent in and around this city. We often get a chance to celebrate the great music, from regular performances at venues like The Capital Complex, The Cellar and The Playhouse. This weekend, we celebrate drama, both in cinema and in theatre. Opening today are two
It’s November, and for a great many people around the world, it’s time to write. NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month is a challenge to produce a novel-length work (50,000 words) in the month of November. If you do the math, that’s about 1,500 words a day! Not everybody can write that fast. Most, like my
I have always loved stories, whether they are in a book, spoken aloud, acted on stage or screened on TV or the movies. One of my favourite ways to experience them is acted in audio form, what is often called audio drama. This past Thursday was World Audio Drama Day, an expansion of the National Audio Drama Day,
The world is a complicated place — or is it? Fundamentally, love and kindness — as well as knowledge and communication — make the world a better place. That is very evident in the pair of interviews I had today. First, Jennifer Richard and Barry MacKnight join me to talk about the White Ribbon Campaign,
I love good theatre. It moves you in a way that a movie can’t touch, engages you like a book made manifest. It transcends language and place, yet can be just as rooted in it. Les Belles-soeurs is a celebrated French play by Quebec playwright Michel Tremblay. Theatre UNB, under the direction and leadership of
Almost everyone knows someone who has gone through cancer — and many people have gone through it themselves. Worse yet, a lot of people have to endure the process multiple times. But how much do we know about that experience? Dr Krista Wilkins is no stranger to cancer herself, having battled and triumphed over the disease. It
There is life after university. Or, at least, there is work. If you can find it… The UNB Student Employment Service is a long-lasting assistant for graduating (and graduated!) students at the university. Their job is get you ready to get your own job! Nichola Anderson from the Student Employment Service joined me on the Lunchbox to talk about the kinds of
Looking for a casual place to settle into the party mood? Want to join a kitchen party — even if you don’t have a kitchen? The 20/20 Club is your destination for Wednesday nights with the weekly DJ’ed event called The Maritime Kitchen Party. Rae Treyiak is one of the organizers of The Maritime Kitchen
We are a province of music.
Join Chris Waddell (CHSR’s Music Director & host of the Crazy Train) and I as we talk about the MNB Festival held on the weekend.
Some people just radiate togetherness and happiness. That’s my immediate sense from meeting the members of East Coast Love Story, a Moncton-based band currently visiting Fredericton to take in the MusicNB Festival. These guys aren’t just a band — they’re friends, housemates and sincerely cool cats. Join me as I do my own style of
My conversation with cartoonist Michael de Adder on the occasion of his new book, “You Might Be From New Brunswick If…”
We are a country of trees. They surround us; they have allowed us to build houses, mills, factories. They heat our homes and are a sturdy base for furniture. They are the substance of art, and celebration, and peace. There is a special kind of person, however, who can chop a tree, saw a log, climb
There are lots of great community organizations in Fredericton, working to improve conditions for those in need, to provide funds and spaces for the community to celebrate, meet and interact. I had the pleasure of talking to two representatives of some very active community-minded groups, the Rotary Clubs.
We all struggle with our own problems. But there is hope. There is help. We can learn what we need to cope, and find the things which inspire us, which help us to see the world more clearly. In the case of my guest, Keith Lyon, it was writing. Keith struggled with mental illness, but through lots
It’s a kid’s right to play. This is something that many people take for granted. Yet, in many parts of the world, sports and energetic play are not available, often through poverty. Martin Parnell saw that first hand, on a bike tour through Africa. “I can help,” he said to himself, and set out to
We all have tough times, at least once in our lives. It’s important to remember that, and to seek help and company to overcome our difficulties, and to learn the skills needed to cope with life. The UNB Student Union is hosting Mental Health Awareness Week on campus this week, with a variety of events
Our Station Manager, Tim Rayne, joins me today to talk about, well.. whatever it is we talk about. Inevitably, it leads us to scifi movies and television. But hey: it’s also International Coffee Day! Grab a cuppa and follow along in our discussions. Star Wars, Star Trek, flying cars.. and coffee! Podcast: Play in new
I am a man. That’s one of the statements I use to identify myself. What exactly that means, however, is a lifelong journey that I’m only in the middle of, and probably won’t have a final report by the time I’m done. Some things seem to hold universal, however, and the objective of the upcoming
Some people meet with bad health, and it gets them down. Other people, the inspiring people, they are the ones that take on bad health with full spirits, fight on and turn it all around. I had the delight to talk with two such folks today, along with the VP of the NB Lung Association.
The concept of borders is somewhat artificial; the lines on a map are arbitrary, representing historical politics more than the on-the-ground reality of life. Certainly, problems and concerns and the regularity of human life goes far beyond these invisible distinctions of place. One of the great consequences of people realizing this is the number of
Fredericton is blessed with an abundance of musicians, and so many of them are ambitious self-starting explorers of music as well as great performers, such as my guest today, Cory Paul Hill. He dropped by the studio to talk about his debut solo album, Where We Live, and we chatted about his journey to music,
KUATO emerged onto the music scene a few years ago, producing a string of excellent post-rock EPs. They’re back again, refreshed, re-energized and with a new release: The Great Upheaval. I talked with Josh Pothier about the changes the band has undergone, the new album and the further evolution of their light kit. Podcast: Play
The NB Summer Music Festival is an opportunity to discover and celebrate classical music (and modern classical!) in a classic environment. Cedric Noel has been working with the NBSMF all summer to set up this festival, and he dropped by to give us details about the festival and about the experience of classic music. Podcast:
Most think of classical music as stuck in the past, but several artists want to show you just how contemporary it is. I spoke with Greg and Alex, two of the performers for the alternative classical music festival-within-a-festival, FUZE. FUZE is contained within the umbrella of the NB Summer Music Festival. We talked composition and
Music rings in all corners of this province, and Fredericton brings many of those performers together for many festivals every year. One unique festival is the New Brunswick Musicians Emerge (NBME) festival, now in its fourth year. “Stereo Mike” Taggart dropped by to remind folks that the time is drawing near for applications to this year’s NBME: