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...
Cortes Radio Kooky Cabaret A Hit!

Cortes Radio Kooky Cabaret A Hit!

Well it’s official. Cortes Radio’s Cabaret Fundraiser is well on its way to becoming an island institution, as are many of the standout performers in the show. Two Sold-Out-Nights Residents turned out in force in force to support CKTZ, attending the two-night sold-out show – a saucy, ribald production held at Manson’s Hall. The adult entertainment featured songs, monologues, stand-up, lip sync, puppetry and burlesque infused with “appropriately inappropriate” sex positive humour. CKTZ station manger and show producer Howie Roman was blown away by the support and commitment from CKTZ supporters, performers and volunteers.  Unique Reflection Of Cortes Community The event was a special and unique reflection of the Cortes community, Howie said. “We really have something going that I don’t think you’d find in many places,” he added. “Thank you all for a historic weekend.”       Thank-you Everyone CKTZ wants to give an official and heartfelt shout-out to all the sponsors, entertainers, volunteers and supporters that made the Cortes Radio Cabaret such a success. We hope everybody is named, but there are so many generous souls. Please forgive us and inform us if you were forgotten, or your name is misspelled. We will make it right. Sponsors and Supporters: Quadra Island’s Tru Value Foods, and by extension, the store’s thoughtful shoppers, who generously bequeath their spirit points to us. The Southern Cortes Community Association (SCCA) Gorge Marina Spinnaker’s Gastro Brew Pub and Guesthouses in Victoria   Cast and crew: MCs – Rick Bockner, George Sirk Sound – Sean Cowell, Scotty Martin Lights – Hannu Huuskonen Green room: Lella Gmeiner Producer: Howie Roman Performers: Jason Thompson, Bobbi...
CKTZ Offers Multiple Opportunities For Onstage Performers

CKTZ Offers Multiple Opportunities For Onstage Performers

Ever dream about being a pop star? Are you a better dancer than Michael Jackson? Would you like to sing like Chris Brown, Janis Joplin or the Bee Gees? Singers; dancers; lip sync artists; musicians; Now is your chance! This year CKTZ offers multiple opportunities for onstage performers. Opportunities For Onstage Performers We’ve put together twenty shows over the past decade and are still selling out the Manson’s Hall. (On August 18, we will once again be partnering with Quadra Theatre for Quadra’s Third Annual Lip Sync!)  CKTZ is partnering with Theatre Quadra for the third to bring Lip Syncs to Quadra Island!) This year’s Cortes Winter Lip Sync is on Saturday, February 24th, 2018. (Summer Lip Sync is August 25th.) Performers: your public is waiting, it is time to start developing the acts you will unveil this year.  There will be a rehearsal at the hall on Feb 23, 4-6pm. Twenty-one acts performed at last year’s Cabaret. The event was sold out long before the doors opened. It was so successful that CKTZ decided to hold the Spring 2018 Cabaret for two consecutive nights. Performances will be held at Manson’s Hall on Friday, April 13th & Saturday, 14th. We ask that acts perform in both shows, so that we can keep technical nightmares under control. There will be separate rehearsals for musicians and lip sync acts. Keep in touch, so we can keep you informed.  Please Let Us Know Please let us know if you are planning an act. (I’ll sleep better) Thanks! Contact Howie at 935-6405, or cortesradio@gmail.com.[/et_pb_text]...
Summer Lip Syncs

Summer Lip Syncs

Cortes Island : July 29, 2017 - Cortes Community Radio is holdings Summer Lip Syncs this year. The first will be on Cortes Island, August 12, and then there will be another Lip Sync on Quadra Island August 19. Cortes Island Summer Lip Sync The doors of Manson’s Hall open at 6:30 PM on August 12 for a fun evening followed by a free 50 Summers of Love DJ Dance. Pricing: Adults - $12; Kids 5 to 16 - $6; Families - $30 Email: Cortesradio@gmail.com 2nd Annual Cortes/Quadra Lip Sync Come and join everyone at the Quadra Community Centre for a fun family evening out while supporting the Cortes Island Radio and the Quadra Island Theatre. LET’S SEE WHOSE ROCKY SHORES ROCK MORE!! Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 7:00pm Pricing: $12/person Phone Number: 250-285-3881 Email: theatrequadra@gmail.com Website: https://www.facebook.com/theatrequadra[/et_pb_text] Summer Lip Syncs Successful A postscript, added later: The Summer Lip Syncs were a success. There was a stand-up crowd on Cortes. “Great night! The dancing was over by 10:30 so I got home before 11. Perfect,” said Howie Roman, station manager of Cortes Community Radio. The lip Sync on Quadra was also a success. Whereas only 70 turned out last year, this year every seat was sold out...