The Lip Sync’s Continued Success

The Lip Sync’s Continued Success

For something like the 21st time in a row, Cortes Islanders packed Manson’s Hall to see the Lip Sync. This was a relief. Speaking as the first time “Producer” this summer, I (Roy Hales) did not want to be the man “in charge” when we break that record. There is a bit of self delusion wrapped up in this. The Lip Sync’s continued success is almost totally organic. Success Is No Accident According to the world famous soccer star Pelé, “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” This is true, but it is the hard work and perseverance of our performers and support staff that make shows of this calibre possible. My job is to assist the people who make evenings like this possible. Sometimes this means getting out of the way so they can do their jobs. More often, I am a “go-for,” carrying out  any number of menial tasks that need doing. Support Staff As many of you are aware, the only rehearsal takes place the night prior to the show - but you probably didn’t know It isn’t for the performers. Rick Bockner, our MC, needs to get a feel of the kind of show we’re going to produce so that he can draw up the final line up (and get material for a few more jokes). Lella Gmiener, our Green Room Queen, circulates amongst the performers taking notes on their many and varied needs. Victor Van Buskirk, our stage manager, discovers what kind of props are needed...
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...
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...