Rust & Velvet

Rust & Velvet

All photos courtesy Dan Peters© In our first episode we present the songs “Rust” and “Velvet” from Laara, who wrote the lyrics and guided the musical composition.  “Rust” is an upbeat track which might mislead the casual listener, as the lyrics explore the theme of betrayal.  “Velvet” is a song that Laara created to sound the way that velvet feels.  See what it “feels” like to you…  Lara: Rust & Velvet 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...
Tracking with Doreen

Tracking with Doreen

This audio postcard is from Hollyhock created during The Story From Hear podcasting workshop. Here, Jen Moss spends the afternoon in the local forest with Cortes resident Doreen Guthrie and learns about trapping.  Tracking With Doreen - by Jennifer Schinne & Jennifer Moss Producers Jen Moss recording in the downtown eastside for Wild Art, CBC Radio’s The Current (2010) Jenni Schine is a community-engaged researcher, communication specialist, and sound artist based on Vancouver Island, BC. She is also the Pacific Programs Community Liaison at Tides Canada. Jenni is a big fan of public engagement and has extended her work into film, radio, sound art, and installations. She also likes to connect artists with scientists and produce radio and podcasts. As an educator, Jenni teaches courses and workshops in both urban and rural environments, including Podcasting: The Story From Hear at Hollyhock with Jen Moss. She currently acts as the Arts, Culture, and Ethnography Advisor for the Sfaira Foundation, and was previously a Director of the Salmon Coast Field Station. Jenni is grateful to learn from the many knowledge holders in the traditional territories where I work and play. Jenni Schine recording cedar-barking in Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw territory (Echo Bay, BC) for The Kingcome Collective (2017). Jennifer Moss co-instructs The Story from Hear podcasting workshop at Hollyhock Retreat Centre on Cortes Island. She has spent nearly 20 years as a storyteller in various media. Starting in theatre, she moved into the print journalism, radio, podcasting, and digital interactive fields. Her writing revolves primarily around arts, social issues, and character-driven stories. Jen has worked extensively in radio production for both CBC and Roundhouse Radio in Vancouver. She...
I Am Home

I Am Home

By Lindsey Mae Willie and Julia-McIntyre-Smith What do you do when you feel out of place? Tuning into the familiar sounds of place, four women share what works for them. Voices includes: Jacqueline Mathieu, Frances Guthrie, Julia McIntyre-Smith, and Lindsey Mae Willie. I Am Home - Story From Hear Biographies Lindsey Mae Willie is a member of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw People, living and working in the remote village of Kingcome Inlet, BC. Her filmmaking explores stories of cultural resurgence, revitalization and her peoples’ resistance to the impacts of colonization. Lindsey’s practice as a documentary filmmaker and storyteller has evolved from thirteen years of professional work as both camera operator and editor. She has worked with CTV, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), City TV, and OMNI Television. In 2012, Lindsey was awarded the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network’s Emerging Director Award and directed her first film, Potlatch Keepers (2014), which currently airs on APTN. Currently, she and her arts collective “Kingcome Collective” counterpart Jennifer Schine are working on a film in response to being awarded the Canada Council for the Arts {Re}consiliation grant. “Awakwas: A Gathering Place” is a documentation of six women who built a split cedar trapper cabin on an old village site that was wrongfully claimed by BC as “crown” land.  As an artist, activist, and researcher, Willie works in her home community of Kingcome as a contractor to enhance the capacity of the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation to assert authority over its territory and regain self-governance. Willie seeks out her culture by listening to her elders, through hunting, fishing, trapping, constructing traditional shelters, and harvesting plants. Julia McIntyre-Smith G̱ilakas’la. Nugwa’a̱m Ikt’sa̱mgilagame’. Nugwa’a̱m...
Home

Home

By Nastaran Arianpoo They said home is not a place. It is a feeling. But sometimes a place gives your heart, memories, dreams, and ambitions a reason to reside, to belong. This audio postcard is a quick glance into one of such places through the eyes of Bruce Ellingson, a long-time resident of Cortes Island.  Home by Nastaran Arianpoo The piece is the outcome of “the Story from Hear” podcasting workshop at Hollyhock Leadership Centre, during the summer of 2018. BIOGRAPHY Nastaran Arianpoo is a scientist passionate about how new media platform like podcasts can be used to spread science. Nastaran is currently a research associate in the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University. She is working on the impact of energy policies on food, water, and climate change. Top photo credit: Mansons Landing - by Hans Peter Meyer via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0...
Audio Postcard From Hollyhock

Audio Postcard From Hollyhock

Story From Hear is broadcast over Cortes Radio, Thursdays at 9:30 AM; repeating Saturdays at 2 PM. This audio postcard from Hollyhock that was created during The Story From Hear podcasting workshop. Audio producer Teri Snelgrove and fellow workshop cohort member Nastaran Arianpoo spend a delightful afternoon with local resident Bruce Ellingson on the deck of the lodge, where they are regaled with stories about life on Cortes. Audio Posy Card From Hollyhock (Bruce Ellingsen interview) - Story From Hear Teri Snelgrove hails from Newfoundland, where she began working in the arts at an early age. Her roots are in the world of interdisciplinary theatre in the dark days before digital technology and the internet.  After graduating from film school at Emily Carr University in 1999, she freelanced as a voice director, a theatre director, and a producer/production manager in film before landing at the National Film Board of Canada, where she now hangs her hat full time as an Associate Producer. Over the years, she’s had the privilege of working on many documentaries, animations and interactive projects such as the acclaimed The Road Forward (Marie Clements), Debris (John Bolton), Beauty (Christina Willings), and Bread (Mariette Sluyter). She is proud to have worked on two soon-to-be-released NFB films, Highway to Heaven (Sandra Ignagni), and Because We Are Girls (Baljit Sangra). Teri has also worked on a number of animated projects, including The Mountain of SGaana (Christopher Auchter), Shop Class (Hart Snider) and The Zoo (Julia Kwan). She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree through the GLS program at SFU, where she has fallen head over heels in love with documentary audio...
The Story from Hear

The Story from Hear

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, recording, and creating audio stories based on...