Sparkle Donuts

Sparkle Donuts

Episode 8 brings us the songs “Snowman” and “Change the World” from The Sparkle Donuts!  “Snowman” is an exciting track that tells the story of a Teddy Bear named Phil, a snowman, and a fire drill.  Have a listen and see where the action goes!  “Change the World” is a track where the Sparkle Donuts talk about issues that concern them on a local and global scale.  Are you aware of what concerns youth today?  LISTEN!! Episode 8: Sparkle Donuts 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...
Word Of The Day – 1

Word Of The Day – 1

Koosen & Amaya Koosen Pielle is a young mother of two in the Tla’amin nation. She has been involved in language revitalization for going on 7 years. She specializes and has a passion for audio , and getting a “Word of the day” started for CKTZ radio (funded by CRFC Radiometres) was a natural next step in language revitalization. “Language needs to be embedded in every part of our lives… it’s an emergency now, to regulate it as much as possible and to decolonize our ear holes! Especially while we still have the resource people that we do have” Koosen says. Koosen has included elders from the Klahoose community in the word of the day she created. She’s also included singers from both the Tla’amin nation, Klahoose Nation, and the settler community for background music. “Culture is something we all have in common, it unites us and it brings all generations together…and that is when the real magic happens…when intergenerational learning is a possibility”. Koosen expresses her love for community radio because it is “a means of oral teachings”. Co Producer Jacqueline Mathieu Co-producer Jacqueline Mathieu is the Daughter of Emma Yvonne Louie and Pierre Mathieu. Her Grandparents are John Louie, Emma Hill and Laurier Mathieu , Jacqueline Lamire. She belongs to the Klahoose First Nation on Cortes Island Originating in Toba Inlet. Jacqueline writes: “I am Currently working in Language preservation and Cultural revitalization within my community as well as a liaison between Klahoose and the Cortes island radio specifically working on the Deep Roots Project. Without my ancestors I would not be doing the good work I do, my people motivate me. With my work in the Deep Roots project I would...
Reality 102 With Rex Weyler

Reality 102 With Rex Weyler

The podcast and article that follow expresses opinions not necessarily shared by the Cortes Radio Society, its board, staff, volunteers or membership. Editor’s note: Reality 102 with Rex Weyler was the conclusion of a two part series at Cortes Island’s Folk University. This session was recorded and broadcast over Cortes Radio in the regular Cortes Currents slot on November 13, 2019. Rex asks what are realistic responses to the problem of overshoot. He asks the same question in the article below; the embedded podcast is Rex’s Folk U presentation. Originally published on Cortes Currents At the University of Minnesota Dr. Nate Hagens teaches an honours course called “Reality 101: A Survey of the Human Predicament.” Hagens operated his own hedge fund on Wall Street until he glimpsed, “a serious disconnect between capitalism, growth, and the natural world. Money did not appear to bring wealthy clients more well being.” Hagens became editor of The Oil Drum, and now sits on the Board of the Post Carbon Institute and the Institute for Integrated Economic Research. Reality 102 with Rex Weyler – a presentation at Cortes Island’s Folk University Reality 101 addresses humanity’s toughest challenges: economic decline, inequality, pollution, biodiversity loss, and war. Students learn about systems ecology, neuroscience, and economics. “We ask hard questions,” says Hagens. “What is wealth? What are the limits to growth? We attempt to face our crises head on.”   Some students feel inspired to action, and some report finding the material “depressing.” One student shared the course material with a family member, who asked, “So what can I do?” The student struggled to answer this question, and the listener chastised her: “why did you explain all...
Reality 101 With Rex Weyler

Reality 101 With Rex Weyler

The podcast and article that follow expresses opinions not necessarily shared by the Cortes Radio Society, its board, staff, volunteers or membership. Editor’s note: Reality 101 with Rex Weyler was one of the lunchtime lectures at Cortes Island’s Folk University. This session was recorded and broadcast over Cortes Radio in the regular Cortes Currents slot on November 6, 2019. The theme is overshoot, and what this means to the future of humanity and our planet. Rex also writes about overshoot in the article below; the embedded podcast is Rex’s Folk U presentation. Originally published on Cortes Currents I’m in Vancouver, riding the skytrain, the metro-region’s elevated and underground public transport system. In a crowded cabin, I gaze above the seats and see this advertisement:  “By 2050 sea levels have risen. Would you rather:  A: Build higher dikes to fight it?B: Develop underwater transit technology to embrace it? Reality 101 Reality 101 with Rex Weyler: a lunchtime lecture from Folk University for Cortes Island Slide from the Folk U presentation Reality 101 with Rex Weyler Embracing Technology There is no “C: Change your lifestyle to prevent it.” This little ad is a pitch by Metro Vancouver’s transportation authority, TransLink. They clearly want the public to choose “underwater transit technology” since this means bigger budgets for them. They dress up this choice with the hot term “technology” and invite us to “embrace” this. They don’t mention that dikes also require “technology,” and they certainly don’t mention the taboo topic of changing lifestyles.  Embracing the crisis with technology feels good, it means growing our economy, advancing, having more, not giving up anything. This blind...
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,...