Laura Balducci

Laura Balducci

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews multi-talented artist Laura Balducci. Laura has lived on the Island for nine years. She and her partner were looking for a large piece of property to rent and found the right place here on Cortes. Maureen Bader Laura Balducci on Art on the Island Laura recently completed a 365-day art challenge. She used a tarot card to determine a colour scheme and created eight works per page. You will be able to see the 365-day challenge in Laura’s solo show at the Old Schoolhouse Gallery, opening June 14 2019. Her artist talk is on the second Friday of her show, June 21, 2019.  Laura has been engaged in artistic activity all her life. Starting out as a hairdresser, she began at Suki’s. In the 1990’s she branched out into fashion and makeup.   Laura took some art classes at Emily Carr, primarily painting in acrylics. She also took different art workshops in media such as encaustic, and also an art doll workshop with Kate Church here on Cortes. The move to art dolls allowed her to use her hair, fashion and makeup skills all at once on a smaller scale.  She is a very versatile artist, exploring many creative possibilities. Laura is now mostly working with fibre and has started spinning her own wool, an activity growing in popularity here. She collects fibre locally, dyes it with mostly natural dyes, spins it and is currently knitting a bedspread. Yoga is a new activity Laura has taken up and is looking to differentiate her offering by including nature and...

The Story from Hear

Jen Moss interviewing Cortes resident Doreen Guthrie Soundscapes surround us, complementing the visual landscapes we inhabit, and providing rich sources of material for research, storytelling, and artistic practice. The soundmarks of a place, after all, can be as specific as any landmark. We are immersed in sound all the time, and yet in media, social sciences, arts, and communications, sound has been a relatively under-explored component. However, with the rise of podcasting and the rebirth of radio in recent years, the sound arts are once again gaining currency. Podcasting, due to the intimate nature of the medium and its accessibility, is a powerful agent of social change.  It functions as an applied exercise in communicating and listening, both vitally important skills in an era when our social discourse has devolved into a spasmodic binary argument between “us and them.”  So whether your focus is on scientific, artistic, community, or organizational communication, place-based audio recording and storytelling is an enriching practice that can connect you with an audience, while deepening your understanding of the world and your place in it. With this in mind, The Story from Hear Audio Collective held a 5-day production-oriented workshop on Cortes Island last summer, focusing on the power of sound, listening, and place-based audio storytelling. The Workshop The workshop was geared for media-makers, sound artists, community storytellers, scientists, activists, and other message-oriented individuals wanting to deepen their listening and audio storytelling skills in a supportive group environment.  Participants from Klahoose and other First Nations, the Cortes community-at-large, Powell River, the Lower Mainland, and as far away as St.Louis, spent time together in nature, listening,...
Vinho do Porto – Spring 2019

Vinho do Porto – Spring 2019

Susana is on her way back home to Cortes Island. She was born in Porto, Portugal. After a strong career in sales as a commercial director, she founded and ran a flourishing vegetarian and macrobiotic restaurant that evolved to feed the body, mind and soul as a spiritual center for holistic healing. She has a passion for music since she can remember. Her grandmother was always listening to Fado and she was always surrounded by musicians and Djs that opened her taste to a lot of different genres. Coming to Cortes island, she started to perform at the CKTZ LipSyncs and realized how much she loves to share her culture and how much Cortesians love to receive it. Vinho do Porto Show So she decided to have her own radio show, where she can share all her Portuguese music background, being that from Portugal, from the ex Portuguese colonies or Brazil. Vinho do Porto show has as a common thread all songs in Portuguese language, and the genres varies between Fado, Rock, Pop, Blues, Dance, Samba, Jazz, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Folk, Bossa Nova, MPB, Forro, Choro, Frevo, Batucada, Maracatu, Morna, Semba, Marrabenta, etc. March 2019 Episode 98 - Vinho do Porto Episode 97 - Vinho do Porto Episode 96 - Vinho do...
From The Muse’s Garden Winter 2018/19

From The Muse’s Garden Winter 2018/19

From The  Muse’s Garden with Dancing Wolf: Mondays 5 -7 PM; Repeats Thu 12 - 2 PM Long have I had a Dream of combining Poetry and Music into a radio show and now sure seems like the time. Please tune in early Monday evenings on Cortes Community Radio CKTZ 89.5 FM from 5:00 - 7:00 for From The Muse’s Garden. 2 hours of local and international readings dovetailing with reflective music to perhaps enjoy your supper to. March 2019 Mar 18, 2019 - From the Muses Garden Mar 11, 2019 - From The Muses Garden Mar 4, 2019 - From The Muses Garden February 2019 Feb 25, 2019 - From The Muses Garden Feb 18, 2019 - From The Muses Garden Feb 11, 2019 - From The Muses Garden Feb 4, 2019 - From The Muses Garden January 2019 Jan 30, 2019 - From The Muses Garden Celebrating Mary Oliver - From The Muses Garden Jan 14, 2019 - From The Muses Garden Jan 7, 2019 - From The Muses Garden My New Years Offering - From The Muses Garden December 2018 Winter solstice Special - From The Muses Garden Dec 10, 2018 - From The Muses Garden Dec 3, 2018 - From The Muses...
Homegrown Show Winter 2018/19

Homegrown Show Winter 2018/19

Hurricane Rena hard at work - from her website “Welcome to the Homegrown Show, and I am your host, Hurricane Rena. The Homegrown show is a radio show played on CKTZ Cortes Island Community radio, 89.5 fm. It’s on from 1-3 Sunday afternoons and features local musicians from Quadra, Cortes, and Vancouver Island. A lot of Canadian music is played, songs that celebrate our unique lifestyle in the islands of the BC Coast and Western Canada in general. You can hear music on my show that you don’t often hear anywhere else, as well as poetry. The Homegrown show began celebrating our unique lifestyle in song during March of 2011, around the time of the super moon, closest the moon will be to the Earth in 27000 years.” - from Hurricane Rena’s website March 2019 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA March 17, 2019 Program March 3, 2019, Program February 2019 Feb17, 2019 Program - The Homegrown Show Feb 10, 2019 Program - The Homegrown Show January 2019 Jan 27, 2019, Program - The Homegrown Show Jan 20, 2019, Program - The Homegrown Show Jan 13, 2019, Program - The Homegrown Show Jan 6, 2019, Program - The Homegrown Show December 2018 Dec 30, 2018, Program - The Homegrown Show Dec 23, 2018, Program - The Homegrown Show Dec 16, 2018, Program - The Homegrown Show Dec 9, 2018, Program - The Homegrown Show Dec 2, 2018, Program - The Homegrown Show “If you live out of the area of Cortes Island Radio, or otherwise don’t recieve it live, you can opt in for subscription to get the Homegrown Show emailed to...
Anyone Can Use Gorge Hall

Anyone Can Use Gorge Hall

Gorge Hall Christmas Market – Roy L Hales photo Originally Published on Cortes Currents In the segment of the March 13, 2019, Strathcona Regional District board meeting devoted to correspondence, Campbell River Mayor Andy Adams asked staff for clarification about a phrase used by one of Cortes Island’s better known anti-hall tax advocates. She described the proposed hall tax as using “public funds for private organizations.” It is good to see this kind of communication in the public record, where inaccuracies can be dealt with. The answers he received were adequate, but one of the island’s two hall managers was actually sitting in the spectator section directly behind Mayor Adams. Had he been given the opportunity to speak, Howie Roman would probably have told the SRD Board that anyone can use Gorge Hall. ” … No One Has Ever Been Denied Use Of The Hall For Anything Other Than Scheduling Problems.” The hall was built for the community to use. “In the seven years I have been Gorge Hall’s manager for the Whaletown Community Club, no one has ever been denied use of the hall for anything other than scheduling problems.  The hall is open to anybody that wants to rent it and it’s not very expensive rental. We try to keep it reasonable so people can use it.” – Howie Roman In The Podcast Above: What is Gorge Hall used for?How often is the hall used?Who oversees the way the Gorge Hall is used ?Do they look after any other facilities? Rates & Membership You can find a full list of rental rates on the Whaletown Community Club website. It says,...
Alleged Voter Fraud On Cortes Island

Alleged Voter Fraud On Cortes Island

Screenshot from RCMP Report Originally Published on Cortes Currents Rumours of an investigation have been circulating for some time. Now the results of the RCMP investigation into alleged voter fraud in Cortes Island’s October 20, 2018 election have been made public. RCMP Investigation Screenshot from Strathcona Regional District Report The police received complaints that 43 voters did not qualify as residents of Cortes Island, but found no evidence to substantiate these claims.  Resident In More Than One Jurisdiction Screenshot of Cortes Marketer, March 15, 2019 page 3, A new detail is mentioned in the March 15 Cortes Marketer, where the alleged fraudulent voters appear to have been accused of having their “usual place of residence” in another jurisdiction. The precise nature of the allegations are not mentioned in either the RCMP or SRD reports, though the following sentence does occur in the latter: “Given the current definition of ‘residence’ used in local government elections (‘the area where a person lives and to which, whenever absent, the person intends to return’) it is extremely challenging to prove election fraud on the basis of residential status unless it can be shown that the person has voted as a resident in more than one voting jurisdiction. “ “30 Days Immediately Before You Register” However in the VOTER’S GUIDE TO LOCAL ELECTIONS IN B.C . (2018), cited by the Marketer, it says: “You are eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector when you:• are 18 years of age or older when you register to vote or will be 18 years of age or older on general voting day;• are a Canadian citizen;• have been a resident...
Mike Beeman

Mike Beeman

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews artist, teacher and show judge Mike Beeman, to talk about how to be more successful when entering juried shows. Mike works in pastel and oil, in studio and on location, painting a variety of subjects, including landscapes, still life and figures. He is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society, Pastel Society of America and a Master Circle artist in the International Association of Pastel Societies. His work has appeared in numerous juried exhibitions and competitions and he has been a judge in many as well.  Maureen Bader Art on the Island interviews Mike Beeman First, a juried show is one where an artist must submit an entry and be judged against other artist to gain entry into the show. Mike explained that today, the top shows are very competitive and the competition is now global as people from all over the world vie to get into the best shows.  If it is so difficult to get in, why would someone want to be in a juried show? Reasons include personal gratification and recognition, which help an artist to grow professionally, to gain credibility in the industry and to move to higher status, such as Signature status, in artist groups such as the Federation of Canadian artists.  Mike explains the number one reason why an entry is rejected, and how to avoid that, as well as other considerations when entering a juried show. He also explains what to consider when selecting your best work for the show, and what to expect once you’ve sent off your entry...
Cortes Community Forest: Five Years Of Operations

Cortes Community Forest: Five Years Of Operations

Originally Published on the ECOreport (now Cortes Currents) British Columbia’s old growth forests fertilize themselves as efficiently as a farmer looking after his fields. The tree plantations that are fast replacing them lack this ability. If this trend continues, the province’s vast forests may be a memory in the next two or three centuries. The inhabitants of one tiny island are trying to change this. In this morning’s program one of the directors, Bruce Ellingsen, tells me about Cortes Community Forest’s five years of operations. Cortes Community Forest After Five Years Mapping James Creek which flows into Carrington Bay, Cortes Island, in 2009, with Project Watershed biologists from Courtenay. (Island Timberlands still owns the land. - David Shipway photo] We were sitting around his kitchen table, overlooking the ocean at Smelt Bay. If you listen to the podcast above carefully, you can hear Bruce’s wife trying to be quiet in the background or the hum of the Ellingsen’s refrigerator when it came on. Our interview started with freshly brewed coffee. Cortes community forest was allotted an annual cut rate of 13,600 cubic metres (CM). In their most productive years, they only take out about 4,000 CM. Ellingsen says that so far the community forest is averaging about 16% of its quota. “We got the tenure in 2013, so we’re at the end of our first five year cut control, is the way the Ministry of Forests describes it. They came over and had a meeting with us a few months ago and did an assessment of what we are doing and found we are doing a lot less than what we...
Pranayama Pachamama

Pranayama Pachamama

Pranayama Pachamama with DJ Liquid Crystal, Sundays Sun: 11:30 AM -1 PM; Repeats: Wed: 10 -11:30 AM  It’s not about achieving perfection or even being more spiritual. It’s about a journey to self discovery. To Rise to the call with commitment, clarity and conscious choice. Pranayama Pachamama was formed with the desire to share my teachings in a relaxed manner to reach as many hearts for the journeys yet to come. March 2019 March 10 - Pranayama Pachamama March 3, 2019 - Pranayama Pachamama February 2019 Feb 24, 2019 Program - Pranayama Pachamama Feb 10, 2019, Program - Pranayama Pachamama Feb 3 , 2019 program - Pranayama Pachamama January 2019 Jan 13, 2019 - Pranayama Pachamama December 2018 Dec 31, 2019 Program - Pranayama Pachamama Dec 23 , 2019, Program - Pranayama Pachamama The balance of body, mind, and soul are always at play. As a long time Yogini, I have explored the safe haven of a spiritual practice. A place of integration, to settle into the simplicity and the complexity of living in this body and in this world. I am committed to know myself, my heart, the layers of conditioning, and the battle with the beast of the mind. The show is about resting in the silence and stillness to receive just a glimpse of wholeness. Through practices, philosophy, and music steeped in primordial wisdom we work with the constant dance of the sane and insane. Peace and Chaos. Co-Creating our reality with the energy we contain within us. Tanya’s training is about the emotional, mental, and psychological characteristics manifested within the body harnessing the essence of...