Robin Hood And The Babes In the Woods

Robin Hood And The Babes In the Woods

Originally Published on Cortes Currents Robin Hood & The Babes in the Wood will be playing at Theatre Quadra on the weekend of November 15 – 17, 2019.  According to the theatre website, “The play is a panto in which genders get blended, logic yields to farce, the audience gets involved and most anything can happen.” In this morning’s interview I talk to co-directors Kate Alexandra and Linda Lolacher.   Involvement with Theatre Quadra Linda’s involvement with Theatre Quadra started eight years ago, when she started helping out with the costumes. Kate has been involved with theatre since high school and went on to study in Toronto. They first worked together on a Quadra production of “the Actor’s Nightmare” in 2009.  “We’ve been working together, in various projects, ever since,” says Kate.  Linda talks about, “The camaraderie of the process of bringing a cast together, how they bond and develop over time.”   Kate describes the special part about live theatre, as opposed to movies, ​is the opportunity to interact with the audience and connect on an energetic level.” “You don’t get that same intimacy when you go out to see a movie … You are going to see a lot of your fellow community members up on stage, taking all kinds of risks and doing their very best to entertain you.” .  The Audience Gets Involved According to the Theatre Quadra website, Robin Hood “is a panto in which genders get blended, logic yields to farce, the audience gets involved and most anything can happen.” “That means it’s a lot of fun, both onstage and in the audience.It’s slapstick humour,...
The Lesser Royals

The Lesser Royals

Episode 7 brings us the songs “Summer Breeze” and “Click” from The Lesser Royals! “Summer Breeze” is a relaxing track that reflects on the band members’ experiences of summer on Cortes Island. Some enjoy it- some don’t! “Click” is a deep diving track that carries powerful, contemplative concepts nestled amongst explorative, freestyle jam vibes. See if you can decipher the deeper meaning of this track and then listen to the band interview that follows to get the final word! Episode 7 of Spark Point Music: “The Lesser Royals” Coming to you from the unceded, ancestral territories of the Klahoose, Homalco, and Tla’amin peoples, this is Spark Point Music Radio! We are working in partnership with CKTZ Cortes radio, Youth Voices!, and The Community Radio Fund of Canada - Radiometres program to bring you original music created by youth from Cortes Island. At Spark Point Music we believe that when we create, we explore what it is to be whole and discover more of who we truly are. In our programs we seek to spark the imagination, and a sense of what is possible, for youth on the remote island of Cortes when their voices are heard and valued. We give youth ages 8 to 18 an opportunity to create art and music in an encouraging environment, seeking to minimize judgment and increase acceptance of themselves and others. Our studio is graciously hosted at Linnaea Farm, where we provide inclusive space, instruments, recording gear, and guidance for youth to compose, record, and perform original music. Any music you hear during these broadcasts was either composed and performed entirely by youth,...
Anything Goes

Anything Goes

The Battery, St Johns Newfoundland by Emmanuel Milou via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0) Anything Goes with Howie Roman & Paul the K- Sat: 10:30 AM-1 PM; Repeats Thu: 8-10:30 PM In the Saturday, October 26th, edition, Howie talks about his month long visit to the Atlantic provinces and plays some of the music he brought back. Anything Goes To The Atlantic Provinces Podcasts Howie Roman and Paul the K are old friends, both originally from New York though they met on Cortes almost 50 years ago. For many years they’d get together for dinner and to share music. When everyone started talking about a radio station, in 2004, they decided to take part “Paul the K” of Anything Goes March 31, 2018 - Anything Goes Anything Goes To Church! From CKTZ’s archives: Howie Roman and Rick Bockner interview Dorien Baxter, known to many as “Elvis Priestly,” the Bishop of Beal Street in Memphis,Tennessee. In addition to his duties as an ordained an Anglican Priest, Baxter is known for his rendition of the legendary “King of Rock and Roll”. Anything Goes to Church! Anything Goes To Church Howie Roman Howie attended the meeting at Manson’s Hall, when the possibility of starting a radio station on Cortes Island was first discussed. Six months after CKTZ was launched, he and Paul became DJs. Howie went on to become a board member for five years and is now the station manager. However, he explains, “My prime interest in Cortes radio is [that] I really enjoy having a show.” Howie Roman of Anything...
CKTZ Replaced The Old Antenna

CKTZ Replaced The Old Antenna

All photos taken during the original inspection of our tower. Cortes Radio replaced the old antenna on top of its’ broadcasting tower on October 9, 2019. We had no choice in the matter. Our old antenna was no longer functioning and we could no longer broadcast over 89.5 FM. However compliments about the sudden clarity of our signal been flowing in ever since the new antenna was installed.  We have new listeners in Comox, who were not previously able to receive our signal. Our techie, Sean, reports that the signal is 50% to 60% stronger in Mansons Landing.  I live in Squirrel Cove, where most residents have not been able to receive Cortes Raadio. Sean told me that my house might be an exception because we are also on a hill and the signal is bouncing back from West Redonda Island. I was visiting family in the Lower Fraser Valley when the new antenna was installed. Returning last night, we were delighted to find CKTZ broadcasting with far greater clarity than before. (It is not even affected when I turn my computer on!)  Nick Gagnon spent almost six hours at the top of our tower on Thunder Road to install the new antenna. John Murvin assisted him, packing heavy boxes up and down the hill. The repair was made possible through a combination of Gaming Grant Funds and contributions from local listeners. (Thanks again to the Above The Tide Motel, in Campbell River, for its generous donation of...
Cortes All Candidates Meeting

Cortes All Candidates Meeting

On Monday October 21st, Canadians will head to the polls in what some believe may be one of the most important elections of our time. Though Conservative candidate Shelley Downey declined the invitation, our incumbent MP Rachel Blaney (NDP), Green candidate Mark De Bruijn and Liberal candidate Peter Schwarzhoff came to the first ever Cortes All Candidates Meeting in Mansons Hall, on Saturday October 12. Kudos to all participants for the mature level of discussion, unlike anything seen in the national debates during this election. Full audio of the debate, moderated by De Clarke and recorded by Cortes Radio, below. Poster for Cortes All Candidates Meeting Cortes Island All Candidates Meeting Some Of The Topics Discussed How will your party address climate change?What is your party’s position on the Trans Mountain pipeline?Should racial, social justice and climate change issues be treated separately?What are your thoughts on Canada’s New Green Deal? And the idea of a youth corps that would free post secondary education in return for their services?Considering its human rights record, should Canada continue to trade with Saudi Arabia? What should we do about climate refugees?Does your party support measures to make the senate more fair for British Columbia?How does your party resolve the tension between giving MPs freedom to express their constituents and party discipline?What is your party’s position on a woman’s rights over her reproductive process? The second half of the podcast above consists of a Q & A with the audience. The event was sponsored by the Southern Cortes Community Association & Whaletown Community Club. Top photograph: Candidates at Cortes Island’s First All Candidates Meeting(l...