Queen Of CKTZ’s Greenroom

Queen Of CKTZ’s Greenroom

Originally Published on the ECOreport Her artistic roots go back to Vienna, while Russian troops still occupied part of the city. Years later, cast as the female lead in “As You Like It,” she found a much more fulfilling role than centre stage. She will be performing it again at this summer’s Lip Sync. Lella Gmeiner is the Queen of CKTZ’s Green Room. “I’ve had my turn onstage. I don’t particularly want to be on stage, but I do want to help other people to shine and look good,” she says. Her First Performances Her first performances were at the ad hoc parties around the piano in her family’s home. “My parents were very proud of me and in a very Viennese Shirley Temple way … I would sing a song, or recite a poem that I’d learned.” As her mother wrote radio plays for Radio Free Europe, Lella was also called upon to broadcast at a very young age: “Whenever they needed a child’s voice, they would bring me into the radio station with that old British accent that I had at the time and I would lisp whatever they told me to lisp.” Lella’s parents also seized the opportunity for their daughter to become a child model: “My parents were cobbling together a living in postwar Europe and did many things. One of their friends said, ‘Oh, there is a position for a very young child modelling clothes with this American clothing house called Brooks Brothers, you should take Lella down there. Maybe they will take her on. So they took me on and four times a...
Rick Bockner: Paths Of Beauty

Rick Bockner: Paths Of Beauty

Originally Published on the ECOreport His musical roots go back to the McCarthy era, when the United States was purging itself of anything that could be labelled communist. Pete Seeger gave him tips on how to play the guitar. He was a member of the psychedelic rock band Mad River, which released two albums in San Francisco before it disbanded in 1969. On Cortes Island, he is somewhat of a musical icon. In addition to being a songwriter, he is one of the key organizers of Lovefest and the face of CKTZ’s Lip Syncs for the past decade. In this morning’s program, I interview Rick Bockner about his paths of beauty. What Music Means To Rick Bockner “Music is keyed into me at a genetic level. My dad was a social worker and I grew up with the music of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lead Belly … and lots of the folk movement prior to Dylan. I started busting into my dad’s guitar case at five, to the point where he had to buy me a little guitar to carry around. I’ve got a picture of me at age four with a plastic Maccaferri Ukulele standing on the street and I started to learn to play at age seven,” says Rick. Big Brother Is Watching Pete Seeger periodically visited his family. The folk singer was one of the performers blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955, after he refused to testify about his political beliefs or associations. Rick’s father sponsored him at a number of events. “My dad did house concerts and things at the community centre...
Hey Lip Syncers, Are You Ready?

Hey Lip Syncers, Are You Ready?

Summer Days are here again. Wannabees:  No experience necessary! You can do it. Everyone will love you, you’ll see. For the past decade, we’ve had sold-out crowds. Please let us know if you would like to perform. Getting everything together before the last minute, however, is always a challenge. Rehearsal is Aug 24th and showtime is Aug 25th at 7:00 PM - Manson’s Hall. Call Roy at 250-935-6328, or email...
Between Two Worlds

Between Two Worlds

Originally Published on the ECOreport From the beginning, Meinsje was been a prominent voice in Cortes Island’s artistic community. She taught art at the Linnaea school for fifteen years and is a director of the Old SchoolHouse Art Gallery. Meinsje’s “Dream Caravan” dance troop, her performances at Cortes Island Lip Syncs and Cabarets, puppetry and paintings continue to captivate viewers. In this morning’s interview, Meinsje describes what it was like living between two worlds.   Living Between Two Worlds “I did some courses. I bought Betty Edwards’ book, “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.” - which is a great thing for artists to work with. It teaches you different ways of looking at the world and it makes just way more sense. I worked with it so much that I could feel the shift in my brain sides. It was like, ‘Ah, now I see like an artist; now I see like a person … That’s a beautiful moment, when you see the world as a painter  … I feel like often I am in between the worlds.” “I make art because I have to … I go crazy if I don’t make art. It’s part of who I am.  There are so many pictures in my mind. They have to come out, because once they’re out then I’m okay,” says Meinsje. “We all have our shadow sides and sometimes its the shadow side that comes out. Sometimes its another side. It tells you something about yourself. I’ve always wanted to be an art therapist, but I’ve never had the money to be one; or the patience...
The CRTC Renewed Cortes Radio’s License

The CRTC Renewed Cortes Radio’s License

Last May, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) found CKTZ to be in “apparent compliance” with our license. After months of waiting, its decision is now official. The CRTC renewed Cortes Radio’s license for another seven years. CRTC Renewed Cortes Radio’s License There is only one stipulation, “CKTZ-FM Cortes Island … shall devote no less than 40% of its musical selections from content category 2 (Popular Music) in each broadcast week to Canadian selections broadcast in their entirety.” Cortes Radio was one of eight stations whose licenses were renewed last week. Our new license takes effect on 1 September, 2018, and expires on 31 August, 2025. “This is good news. CKTZ can now move forward with its plans for the future. Among other things, we can now take the next steps towards relocating our tower to a location more suitable to fulfilling our mandate as an emergency communications resource,” said Roy L Hales, President of the Cortes radio Society. Both the  National Campus and Community Radio Association and Strathcona Regional District (SRD) supported Cortes radio’s application to have its license renewed. Emergency Communications Last August, Cortes Community Radio CKTZ signed a memorandum of understanding with the SRD stating its willingness to provide temporary usage of the station during emergencies last August. This led to the installation of a packet VHF system and associated tower at the station, connecting us to directly to the SRD. When disaster strikes, CKTZ broadcast the SRD’s emergency bulletins. The weak point in this system is CKTZ’s current reliance on the internet. Though the station has shown that it can continue to broadcast for up to 14 hours after the grid goes...
Thank You, E’mote For Your Support Of The Deep Roots Story Project!

Thank You, E’mote For Your Support Of The Deep Roots Story Project!

We are grateful for your encouraging donations, sponsorships and helping hands. With your support, in the last year we were able to give back to our community as well as raise awareness and do further outreach within our on-going collaboration. Here is a recap of some of our activities and events over the past year and what’s on the horizon for 2019. In November 2017 CKTZ hosted two workshops at Klahoose focusing on technical recording skills, interviewing basics and the craft of writing for radio. We had CBC audio producer/trainer Rob Selmanovic facilitate these essential trainings. Beginning in January 2018, Deep Roots hosted a series of bi weekly roundtables, where Klahoose story seeds were nurtured into themes and developed into specific interviewee/writer/story sprouts. The bridge between radio, podcast and millennia-old knowledge of oral storytelling was built with season 1. Season 2 was a refinement, with Island Waves goal that all stories originate from Klahoose community. Vintage Vignettes is a spin off of Deep Roots, and is a collaboration between CI Museum and Archives and CKTZ. In April 2018, we were featured in Salish Sea Sentinel, a magazine that serves as the voice for Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council http://salishseasentinel.ca/2018/03/deep-roots-radio-gives-platform-to-klahoose- voices/ In May 2018, our Klahoose Coordinator was honoured for her work with Deep Roots and language work, in the ReMatriate campaign, an Indigenous women’s collective https://m.facebook.com/ReMatriate/?ref=m_notif&notif_t=feedback_reaction_genericLearn more about ReMatriatehttp://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/rematriate-wants-to-take-back-visual-identity-of- first-nations-1.3029833 In June 2018, we hosted the Season 2 Launch Party, which was a wild success, with 200 in attendance to listen to stories, celebrate this community bridging project. The fundraising Bannock+Beer part of the launch party raised funds for Klahoose canoe...