Cortes Radio Kooky Cabaret A Hit!

Cortes Radio Kooky Cabaret A Hit!

Well it’s official. Cortes Radio’s Cabaret Fundraiser is well on its way to becoming an island institution, as are many of the standout performers in the show. Two Sold-Out-Nights Residents turned out in force in force to support CKTZ, attending the two-night sold-out show – a saucy, ribald production held at Manson’s Hall. The adult entertainment featured songs, monologues, stand-up, lip sync, puppetry and burlesque infused with “appropriately inappropriate” sex positive humour. CKTZ station manger and show producer Howie Roman was blown away by the support and commitment from CKTZ supporters, performers and volunteers.  Unique Reflection Of Cortes Community The event was a special and unique reflection of the Cortes community, Howie said. “We really have something going that I don’t think you’d find in many places,” he added. “Thank you all for a historic weekend.”       Thank-you Everyone CKTZ wants to give an official and heartfelt shout-out to all the sponsors, entertainers, volunteers and supporters that made the Cortes Radio Cabaret such a success. We hope everybody is named, but there are so many generous souls. Please forgive us and inform us if you were forgotten, or your name is misspelled. We will make it right. Sponsors and Supporters: Quadra Island’s Tru Value Foods, and by extension, the store’s thoughtful shoppers, who generously bequeath their spirit points to us. The Southern Cortes Community Association (SCCA) Gorge Marina Spinnaker’s Gastro Brew Pub and Guesthouses in Victoria   Cast and crew: MCs – Rick Bockner, George Sirk Sound – Sean Cowell, Scotty Martin Lights – Hannu Huuskonen Green room: Lella Gmeiner Producer: Howie Roman Performers: Jason Thompson, Bobbi...
Art On The Island: Loni Taylor

Art On The Island: Loni Taylor

In Art on the Island, episode 3, Maureen talks with her guest Loni Taylor about her background, current activities and inspirations. Loni has lived full time on Cortes Island for about two years and has had some rather unique production challenges. Loni Taylor by Maureen Bader | Art on the Island http://rest.s3for.me/maureenbader/Maureen+Bader.mp3 Loni, originally from Colorado, studied visual art at UBC and lived in both Vancouver and Whistler before coming to Cortes Island. Loni kicked off the summer season at the Schoolhouse Gallery with her exhibit, Philautia, which the ancient Greeks define as proper pride or self love, and how that meaning can be misinterpreted. She enjoys working with large format paintings, both in wood and canvas, and for the summer show some of her paintings measured 4x4 feet. These required custom framing, and Loni talks about how she made that happen. Living in a water access only location at the time of her show, Loni was able to get some help shipping most of the paintings to the gallery but one forgotten painting had to be transported by kayak. What an adventure. In addition to painting, Loni’s passion is for sculpture. She also writes poetry and short stories and this is something she plans to do more of over the winter. Loni also makes jewelry and teaches dance here on the island. Loni preformed during CKTZ’s cabaret this year as well. You can see Loni’s work on her website:...
Queen Of CKTZ’s Greenroom

Queen Of CKTZ’s Greenroom

Originally Published on the ECOreport Her artistic roots go back to Vienna, while Russian troops still occupied part of the city. Years later, cast as the female lead in “As You Like It,” she found a much more fulfilling role than centre stage. She will be performing it again at this summer’s Lip Sync. Lella Gmeiner is the Queen of CKTZ’s Green Room. “I’ve had my turn onstage. I don’t particularly want to be on stage, but I do want to help other people to shine and look good,” she says. Her First Performances Her first performances were at the ad hoc parties around the piano in her family’s home. “My parents were very proud of me and in a very Viennese Shirley Temple way … I would sing a song, or recite a poem that I’d learned.” As her mother wrote radio plays for Radio Free Europe, Lella was also called upon to broadcast at a very young age: “Whenever they needed a child’s voice, they would bring me into the radio station with that old British accent that I had at the time and I would lisp whatever they told me to lisp.” Lella’s parents also seized the opportunity for their daughter to become a child model: “My parents were cobbling together a living in postwar Europe and did many things. One of their friends said, ‘Oh, there is a position for a very young child modelling clothes with this American clothing house called Brooks Brothers, you should take Lella down there. Maybe they will take her on. So they took me on and four times a...
Rick Bockner: Paths Of Beauty

Rick Bockner: Paths Of Beauty

Originally Published on the ECOreport His musical roots go back to the McCarthy era, when the United States was purging itself of anything that could be labelled communist. Pete Seeger gave him tips on how to play the guitar. He was a member of the psychedelic rock band Mad River, which released two albums in San Francisco before it disbanded in 1969. On Cortes Island, he is somewhat of a musical icon. In addition to being a songwriter, he is one of the key organizers of Lovefest and the face of CKTZ’s Lip Syncs for the past decade. In this morning’s program, I interview Rick Bockner about his paths of beauty. What Music Means To Rick Bockner “Music is keyed into me at a genetic level. My dad was a social worker and I grew up with the music of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lead Belly … and lots of the folk movement prior to Dylan. I started busting into my dad’s guitar case at five, to the point where he had to buy me a little guitar to carry around. I’ve got a picture of me at age four with a plastic Maccaferri Ukulele standing on the street and I started to learn to play at age seven,” says Rick. Big Brother Is Watching Pete Seeger periodically visited his family. The folk singer was one of the performers blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955, after he refused to testify about his political beliefs or associations. Rick’s father sponsored him at a number of events. “My dad did house concerts and things at the community centre...
Between Two Worlds

Between Two Worlds

Originally Published on the ECOreport From the beginning, Meinsje was been a prominent voice in Cortes Island’s artistic community. She taught art at the Linnaea school for fifteen years and is a director of the Old SchoolHouse Art Gallery. Meinsje’s “Dream Caravan” dance troop, her performances at Cortes Island Lip Syncs and Cabarets, puppetry and paintings continue to captivate viewers. In this morning’s interview, Meinsje describes what it was like living between two worlds.   Living Between Two Worlds “I did some courses. I bought Betty Edwards’ book, “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.” - which is a great thing for artists to work with. It teaches you different ways of looking at the world and it makes just way more sense. I worked with it so much that I could feel the shift in my brain sides. It was like, ‘Ah, now I see like an artist; now I see like a person … That’s a beautiful moment, when you see the world as a painter  … I feel like often I am in between the worlds.” “I make art because I have to … I go crazy if I don’t make art. It’s part of who I am.  There are so many pictures in my mind. They have to come out, because once they’re out then I’m okay,” says Meinsje. “We all have our shadow sides and sometimes its the shadow side that comes out. Sometimes its another side. It tells you something about yourself. I’ve always wanted to be an art therapist, but I’ve never had the money to be one; or the patience...