Helene Racine

Helene Racine

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews knitter and spinner Helene Racine. Helene and her husband have lived on the Island for 21, moving here after living six years in the Arctic.  One learning experience from Arctic living is learning to make do with what they had when they got to the island.  Art on the Island, with Maureen Bader Guest: Helene Racine Helene’s main activity is working with wool, and spins quite a bit of wool from fibers from different sheep, such as Marino. Listen as Helene describes how different wool sources give different products.  Helene took up wool spinning after moving to Cortes, as spinning is done more by feel instead of visually, so is a good activity to do in the winter with low light. Helene also knits shawls, ponchos hats and blankets. Helene’s mother first taught her knitting, but since then she is mostly self-taught. Did you know wool fibre has scales? Listen as Helene describes how wool fibers connect together to create long strands that eventually make balls of wool.  You can hear how Helene just loves wool and why during the interview.  Helene explains the difference between spinning wool and weaving. She explains the difference in rhythm while weaving and how she uses the various processes to achieve different things.  Helene talks about where she buys her wool and fabrics, and finds the convenience of online shopping very attractive. World of Wool is one online source, and fabrics at Sew Sisters and National Canadian Fabric. She has sourced some wool here on the island that she enjoyed working with. ...
SRD Board Will Not Listen

SRD Board Will Not Listen

Originally Published on the ECOreport. Fourteen Cortes Island residents unleashed a political avalanche, when they filed a legal petition in the Supreme Court of British Columbia last month. Close to half of the island’s voters have signed an open letter protesting the petition’s “unfounded and mean spirited” allegations, as well as ways in which they suspect the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) may be complicit. Now, amidst mounting criticism, the SRD Board will not listen to the presentations two Cortes organizations hoped to make at their February 13, 2019, meeting. SRD Will Not Listen The Strathcona Regional District emailed both groups, “Delegations are not intended to be opportunities for debate, discussion, or questioning of the Board regarding its policies or decisions.” The Southern Cortes Community Association (SCCA) presentation, which I obtained by email, says Hall Service was and is a community initiative – not Regional Director Noba Anderson’s – and thus should not be hampered by the legal petition against her. The recent push originated with a proposal at the SCCA’s July 2017 AGM. Both Director Anderson and George Sirk, her opponent in the recent election, promised to respect the outcome of a referendum, whichever way it went. “If we are not allowed the opportunity to discuss, or question anything – then where is our democracy? … Where is the opportunity to make a wise choice? Or to change each others minds? To reach a compromise? Or a consensus? To educate each other? How does any of that happen if there is no opportunity to actually have an adult conversation?” asks Cec Robinson, who had been among those hoping to present the open letter...
Vinho do Porto

Vinho do Porto

Susana is finally in Mexico, and will be sending us Vinho do Porto from the beach for the next 3 months! She writes, “… I feel great! I hope you guys are great too! The picture is us, on the road in Mexico, sleeping in a gas station, but next to Our Lady of Guadalupe, to be protected!” Susana Vijaya 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. Recent Podcasts Episode 93 by Susana Vijaya | Vinho do Porto http://rest.s3for.me/vinhodo-porto/VinhodoPorto93.mp3 Episode 92 by Susana Vijaya | Vinho do Porto http://rest.s3for.me/vinhodo-porto/VinhodoPorto92.mp3 Episode 91 by Susana Vijaya | Vinho...
From The Muse’s Garden

From The Muse’s Garden

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. Recent Podcasts Feb 11 Program by Dancing Wolf | From The Muses Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FTMG+56.mp3 Feb 4 Program by Dancing Wolf | From The Muses Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FTMG+55.mp3 Jan 28 Program by Dancing Wolf | From the Muses Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FTMG+54.mp3 Celebrating Mary Oliver by Dancing Wolf | From The Muses Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FTMG+53.mp3 Jan 14 Program by Dancing Wolf | From The Muses Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FTMG+52.mp3 Jan 7 Program by Dancing Wolf | From The Muses Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FTMG+51.mp3 My New Year's Eve Offering by Dancing WOlf | From the Muses Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FTMG+50.mp3 Winter Solstice Special by Dancing Wolf | From the Muse's Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FTMG+49.mp3 Dec 10 Program by Dancing Wolf | From the Muse's Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FTMG+48++1.mp3 Dec 3 Program by Dancing Wolf | From the Muse's Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FTMG+47.mp3 Spirit of Gilean Douglas by Dancing Wolf | From The Muse's garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FTMG+46.mp3 Nov 19 Program by Dancing Wolf | From the Muse's Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FTMG+45.mp3 Nov 12 Program by Dancing Wolf | From the Muse's Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FTMG+44.mp3 Nov 5 Program by Dancing Wolf | From The Muse's Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FTMG+43.mp3 Oct 29 Program by Dancing Wolf | From the Muse's Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FTMG+42.mp3 Oct 22 Program by Dancing Wolf | From The Muse's garden...
The Homegrown Show

The Homegrown Show

Homegrown Show with Hurricane Rena - Sun: 1:00-3:00 PM The Homegrown show has been playing on Cortes Radio since 2012. It features local and Canadian music, especially artists from the west coast. The genres are open, but it tends to feature folk music, country, rock and blues, particularly with a west coast theme, or subjects that celebrate our lives on the BC coast. However, I like to play a few songs from Atlantic Canada as well in each show. I try to include a humorous or novelty song each show as well. These can be from anywhere. Spoken word also gets played on the show, and I would welcome more recorded poetry to include, as well as short stories, taking a bit of a literary direction as well as the music. The well respected works of Stewart MacLean and Wade Davis are two examples of Canadian literary work that I would like to include more of, as well as local radio plays. It would be awesome to revive the lost art of the radio play on the Homegrown show and showcase local creativity. The Homegrown Show Some of the music played on the Homegrown show is available online through CD baby, a platform for independent artists to distribute their works. A lot of the music is aquired at live shows hosted by our sponsoring establishment, Kameleon Food and drink. A lot of it is not available online, and is the one time only collected works of local artists who may have published one album and not found their way into distribution. Hurricane Rena here on the Homegrown Show makes...
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. Feb 3 Program by DJ Liquid Crystal | Pranayama Pachamama http://rest.s3for.me/pranayama-pachamama/Feb+3+Program.mp3 Jan 13 Program by DJ Liquid Crystal | Pranayama Pachamama http://rest.s3for.me/pranayama-pachamama/Jan+13+Pachamama.mp3 January 6 Program by DJ Liquid Crystal | Pranayama Pachamana http://rest.s3for.me/pranayama-pachamama/Pranyama+Pachamama+-+Jan+2.mp3 December 23 Program by DJ Liquid Crystal | Pranayama Pachamama http://rest.s3for.me/pranayama-pachamama/Dec+23+Pachamama+.mp3 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 yoga as a map for self healing and empowerment. She is a registered Continuing Educator with Yoga Alliance...