The Burnt Marshmallows

The Burnt Marshmallows

Episode 6 brings us the songs “Cozy Winter Days” and “Home” from the Burnt Marshmallows. “Cozy Winter Days” is a relaxing and contemplative track about warm winter memories. What do you enjoy as the seasons get colder? “Home” is an upbeat song that asks you to look at the world through the eyes of a displaced orangutang. This song was undertaken to write in a quick moment and as a result was not fully developed, leaving it to you to imagine what might come next in this story. Episode 6 - The Burnt Marshmallows 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...
The Mansons Hall Story

The Mansons Hall Story

(from top down) Dennis Newsham, Martha Abelson, Gail Ringwood, Ian Moul taking shakes off the old Mansons Hall roof – photos courtesy SCCA Originally Published on Cortes Currents He settled on Cortes just after BC Ferries started serving the island. John Sprungman became one of the principal voices behind the 1978 – 80 renovation at Mansons Hall. He went on to serve several terms as President of the Southern Cortes Community Association. In this morning’s interview he talks about the origins of Mansons Hall, its role in the community and why it needs core funding. Photo credit: John Sprungman during the 1970s – courtesy SCCA Beginnings “The very beginning of Mansons Hall, according to people who were here at the time, was around 1921. It was built by a logging crew working on Gunflint Lake. That was the story I got from Robbie Graham, which he heard from his father. It was primarily used for dances and people were getting together for occasional meetings …” “When my wife and I came in 1971, [Mansons Hall] was pretty beat up because the [old] Cortes School was actually on the other side of the road from the hall(where the Co-op is now), [and] used it for a gym. So the windows were all covered with fencing wire, the big lights down the centre all had wire cages around them. The place was used for floor hockey, dodge ball and stuff like that …” “… It had a small kitchen off one side, the Sutil road side, and on the other side there was a little building … which was the liquor room and securely locked up. That was for the dances.” “When we first came, the...
Magic Windy Wolves

Magic Windy Wolves

Episode 5 brings us the songs “Best of Friends” and “Bee Bop a Doo!” from the Magic Windy Wolves.  “Best of Friends” is an exciting tale about a band of animal friends that encounter a poacher.  Will they escape…?!  “Bee Bop a Doo!” is a funky freestyle recording that also tells an engaging story.  See if you can decipher the hidden messages as you listen! Episode 5 - Magic Windy Wolves 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, or with the guidance and support of musical mentors.  We will be airing 1 episode per...
The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

Episode 4 brings us the songs “Going to a Party” and “Seasons Change” from the Three Musketeers. “Going to a Party” channels the excitement of going to a party and having a great time! A track that invites you seek out the ones you enjoy spending time with, cut loose and crank some loud tunes. “Seasons Change” is a reflective piece that explores the beauty and intrigue of the changing seasons, while employing engaging melody pairings and pacing. Episode Four - The Three Musketeers 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, or with the guidance...
Qʷaqʷθamčxʷ “You tell a story!”

Qʷaqʷθamčxʷ “You tell a story!”

The Klahoose Nation invited youth from Tla’Amin, Komoks, and Homalco to spend a weekend learning to create podcasts.  The Sister Nations to Klahoose share the same language: ʔayʔaǰuθəm (Ayajuthem.) These youth were encouraged to use the language throughout the camp and as a part of the stories they chose to share.  While learning how to use sound recording and editing equipment, the youth enjoyed experiential games that focused on the Sounds of the Land. Audio Ethnographer Jenni Shine led youth on a Sound Walk to introduce the idea of deep listening, which was many participants favourite part.  Learning storytelling techniques was a significant part of the camp, however, the most important part was connecting these youth to each other at an early age. This opportunity for them to explore their beautiful land and spend time together sharing their songs and skills provided an opportunity for an earlier connection between youth in the Sister Nations.     We recognize and appreciate all the support and funding provided by CKTZ, CRFC,  CCHA, Tides Canada, and the Klahoose Nation. Also to Rosemary, Jacqueline, Dan, Odette, Koosen, Gary, Mariko and Zoe.  ʔi:mot (Thank you.) Qʷaqʷθamčxʷ “You tell a story!” Podcasts Episode 6 - You tell a story! - Documentary This episode is a documentary featuring recordings taken during the Ayajuthem weekend camp.  It gives a behind the scenes look at the weekend with insightful interviews, traditional songs, recordings from workshops and teaching sessions, and more! You Tell A Story: Episode 6 - Documentary Episode 5 - You tell a story! - Evelyn / Dion, Matthew, and Stanley This episode features Evelyn, from the Keeseekoose First...