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Spectres of Shortwave Sneak Preview

This is a very short interview with a gal from Eastern Canada who is producing a film about the Radio Canada International transmitter site in Sackville, New Brunswick. Spectres of Shortwave – An experimental documentary film about the RCI shortwave radio towers. Images captured on 35mm film accompanied by personal stories told by people who […]

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Book review – A Strange Little Place – the haunting and unexplained events of one small town

Revelstoke: Where the worlds of the living, dead, and extraordinary collide. Brennan Storr, of Revelstoke, British Columbia, a rustic, rugged and alpine town in Western Canada, considers his hometown something of a magical place. But that was not always the case. Brennan was not a believer in much of anything in the spirit world apart […]

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Social media 101 – 10 things about todays internet

25 years ago the World wide web was born. In the beginning it all seemed simple enough: Web pages were 100% information. Eventually they would include photos and multi-media. At that point the entire resource became limitless as a medium for knowledge deployment, information sharing and instant global communications. I am fortunate enough to have […]

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Social media 101 mad as hell and what are you going to do about it

I heard a TED Talk not too long ago on CBC radio and I would like to track it down and listen again. It was all about how social media (as good as it appears to be on a surface examination) has robbed us of creativity and productivity. How our addiction or dependance on Facebook, […]

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Michael Kaeshammer and his band in concert – Victoria B.C.

When Michael Kaeshammer sits down at a grand piano worthy of his dynamic range, the genuflection towards the likes of Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis, Big Joe Turner and Pete Johnson (the Grand masters and caretakers of the Boogie Woogie music genre of the 30’s and 40’s…) is immediate, respectful and unmistakeable. Born in Germany, […]

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Canadiana
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Emerging talent – Kristina Helene – Bengal Lounge 2014

I have been going to the Bengal Lounge for the quality atmosphere, entertainment, cocktail culture and great people watching since the early 80’s when I started attending to my post secondary education. At the time many of the entertainers would have been middle aged men (aged 40 and up) tinkling away at an old piano […]

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Canadiana
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Vinyl Tap Stories – Randy Bachman – A book review

If you were as lucky as I was, young and impressionable, growing up in the mid-sixties – you were about to face down a musical and cultural revolution like no other in Canadian history. And if you were fortunate enough to be of that delicate age and being raised in Canada, you were most definitely […]

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Canadiana
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The Lonely End of the Rink – Grant Lawrence – book review

Regardless of the decade you grew up, in the last 50 years of the Canadian mosaic – one common theme provided the paving stones for your journey: rock and roll music and outdoor winter sports… most likely hockey. And chances are, your fabric of choice in this environment would have been denim, leather or blue […]

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Playing some acoustic guitar at a recent BBQ

Here is yours truly noodling on some open Hawaiian tuning on my acoustic guitar during a recent BBQ. Light duty stuff indeed.

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UVic Congress 2013 Main Stage with Buffy Sainte-Marie

It has been a busy week at the University of Victoria with the Annual Congress of the Humanities – with some 7000 delegates and their families, the campus and the city as a whole has been hopping with big thinkers, the learned, the curious and the rest of us. The reality for me, at UVic, […]

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