Frozen In

December 19th, 2012

December in Yellowknife. The lake is a massive playground for people and dogs. The livin’ is easy.

Old Town Soundwalk Launches

August 12th, 2012

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Last weekend I launched the Old Town Soundwalk on 107.5 fm.

The hardy souls who braved the rain were woven through Old Town with the help of a transistor radio. The 2-watt transmission was courtesy of the transmitter technicians at CBC North (obsolete equipment re-tuned for the soundwalk) and the mayor, Gordon Van Tighem, and his wife, Carol, kindly allowed me to mount the antenna on their clothes line.

The walk starts in Willow Flats and ends at the Wild Cat Cafe. Total soundwalk time is about an hour and twenty minutes.

The radio station will be running sporadically throughout the summer but is only available in Old Town, Yellowknife.
To sample the soundwalk anytime, or to take a walk from the comfort of your own home, the pieces are all available for downloading or streaming HERE..


Summertime..the fish are jumping

June 28th, 2012

I have been having a dream of a summer. A busy dream, but a good one. My daily work is recording the sounds of Yellowknife’s Old Town and asking people to share their stories about making a life
here when the city was new.

I’ll spend most of July mixing the stories and present the Old Town Soundwalk during Ramble and Ride, a community festival.
Yesterday, I spent the morning out on the lake recording Tony ‘Snowking’ Foliot waxing poetic about life on the lake and his neighborhood – houseboat bay.

This weekend, I’ll join houseboat bay and move into a wee little boat called The Enterprise.

I have a new mailbox now. Please send letters, postcards and bumper stickers to P.O. Box 2503, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, X1A 1C0

Waiting for the lake to thaw..

May 18th, 2012

The 5 Stages of Radio Documentary Making

May 18th, 2012

This was on the door of CBC radio documentary producer, Dick Miller. It’s very true — at least for me.

The Sweat Lodge

June 3rd, 2011

If you are interested in learning more about Redfern Mianscum’s sweat lodge or supporting his legal case, please click here…

You can listen to Redfern’s story through The Current’s website..

Special thanks to Dick Miller (producer); Jaime Little & the CBC North Cree section and to Peter Skinner and Paul Andrew at CBC Yellowknife.

Spring In My Heart

April 23rd, 2011

I adore this page from L.M. Montgomery’s scrap book. It makes me think of spring on the east coast and of my grandmother, Minnie Graham. When spring came to PEI, she would be in her little blue Ford, cruising all over the island looking for May flowers. May flowers are elusive, tiny pink flowers – usually found in ditches by those who know what they’re looking for. Grammy would pull over to the side of the road, grab her basket and clippers (which she always kept in the glove compartment for such occasions) and step down into the ditch. She’d snip them for a fresh bouquet to put on her kitchen table. She also loved bulrushes, pussy willows and L.M. Montgomery.

Northener Than You

March 28th, 2011

I’m not going to lie. Downtown Yellowknife is not a pretty city. It’s an awkward mishmash of prefabricated buildings and blocky apartment buildings peppered with mobile homes squeezed into every available lot. 1930s prospector era shacks are left to woefully sink into the ground beside generic duplexes with vinyl siding.

Of course, this bizarre urban menagerie is easy to overlook. This town has so much charm it’s ridiculous.

Today, for instance, was the final heat of the Canadian Dogsled Derby. The starting line was on one of Yellowknife’s many lakes, just behind City Hall.

Most of these sled dogs were a cross between husky and german shorthaired pointer. They live to run. This is what they sounded like just a minute before the start.

photo credit: Kate Kyle

I’m north but I’m still just a goose down parka wearin’ southern girl picking my way along the frozen ground. But I’ve met some filmmakers and story-tellers that are much more northern than me.

“Northerner Than You” Talk show Intro from COLLECTIVE9 on Vimeo.

Stay tuned for the scintillating saga of yours truly in the land of ice roads, frozen lakes, urban foxes and and chubby ptarmigans.

news from the roving radio booth

February 21st, 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve made a radio feature but I’m happy to say my story, The Art of Dying, was broadcast on CBC radio’s Maritime Magazine in January.

It’s the story of two couples dealing with well, death, and it asks questions about the kind of care that’s available in our region.
Maritime Magazine broadcasts in PEI, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick so the broadcast isn’t heard in the rest of Canada.

I’m mostly happy with the story – I was fortunate to find not only willing people to be interviewed but passionate, articulate individuals. That said, I don’t LOVE the music selected for the piece.
When you produce a piece for CBC Radio, they will want to podcast it. The problem with podcasts is that all music must be licensed or it can’t be included. Instead of being able to choose the music, I had to scan through an on-line archive of music that’s licensed. We went with using music between scenes because we didn’t have a lot of ambient sounds to fill it out.

But now.. I wonder if it works.. Do you think the story is over scored? Would it keep its flow and would the scene changes be clear enough without music? It’s already a sad subject so is the melancholic music too much? I’m thinking of remixing the story. Let me know what you think. You can listen to the story, ‘The Art of Dying’: Click on the media player on Maritime Magzine’s site and post any feedback here.

I’m also working on a story I’m really excited about for CBC Radio 1 The Current. I can’t reveal the details but hopefully it will get to air in the next month or two.

And, oh yeah – I’m moving! I’m saying good bye to all my favourite ports of call in southern Canada and the US for at least a year and going way north to beautiful Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
I’ll be working at CBC North for the morning show, Trailbreaker. I start work in early March. Wheeeeee!

You Gave Me Strength To Stand Alone

September 28th, 2010

I’ll be in Sackville, New Brunswick between October 19 – 24 participating in the 15th annual Symposium!

The Symposium of Art, co-organised by Struts Gallery and Owens Art Gallery, was established in 1995 as a response to an interest in performance art in the region. The symposium has expanded to include performance, time-based, media-based, audio, video and other forms of art that break from traditional object-based practices.

I’m producing Stoned What Thins on CHMA 106.9 fm — a four hour exponanza of all things audio art on Tuesday evening, 7 – 11pm AST.

This year, the Symposium’s theme is yet another line from the prolific Anne Murray songbook. Do you know what Anne tuneĀ You Gave Me Strength To Stand Alone Again comes from?