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Call for Applications – Canadian Youth Storytelling Scholarship

June 8, 2010

Canadian Youth Storytelling Scholarship – Call for applications

The St. John’s Storytelling Festival and Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada (SC-CC) is pleased to announce the launch of the Canadian Youth Storytelling Scholarship. Each year, SC-CC holds its annual conference in a different location across Canada. The Canadian Youth Storytelling Scholarship will send a young storytelling enthusiast from the conference’s home province or territory to that year’s conference.

In 2010, the conference is being held in St. John’s from July 28th to August 1st, and the first recipient of the Canadian Youth Storytelling Scholarship will be from Newfoundland and Labrador. One scholarship winner from Newfoundland and Labrador will be invited to the conference to meet and interact with storytellers from across the nation and around the world, take part in exciting workshops, and be invited to concert performances by some of Canada’s and the United Kingdom’s finest storytellers. The winner receives:

• Free admission to the SC-CC conference, July 28-August 1, 2010

• Entrance to all concerts and workshops

• A one-year membership to Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada

• A $250 grant to help offset the cost of travel and accommodation

• Partnership with an established storyteller, who will act as a mentor, guide and resource.


Youth aged 18-30 interested in using storytelling in their respective fields (i.e., education, psychology, museum work, environmental education, healing arts, law, religion, business, theatre, or freelance storytelling!)


Please provide the following information via email:

• Name, Address, City, Province

• Telephone Numbers (home and cell)

• Email Address

• Date of Birth

• Storytelling experience (either telling or listening)

• Answer the following three questions:

1. Why are you interested in attending the Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada Annual Conference?

2. What do you hope to gain from the conference?

3. How can storytelling be used in your present or desired line of work?

Completed applications for the Canadian Youth Storytelling Scholarship must be submitted, by email, to by Wednesday, June 30th, 2010.

Information about the annual conference may be found at

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2010 WIJBF Performer: James Hurley & James Wylie

June 7, 2010

Saturday July 17, @ Yellow Belly Brewery, 8:00-9:00pm

James Hurley and James Wylie met while completing Masters of Music Degrees at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. James Hurley, from St. John’s Newfoundland, graduated from NEC with a Masters in Classical Piano performance in May 2010. While at NEC his primary studies were with Georgian pianist Alexander Korsantia, although he also immersed himself in the Jazz and Improvisation departments, bringing him into contact with many of the finest educators and students of the idiom. It was here he met James Wylie, a saxophonist/clarinetist/composer born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand who graduated from NEC at the same time with a Masters in Jazz Performance. His projects and musical interests include the investigation of microtonality and its application to the saxophone, overtones and “just” intonation systems and developing an improvisational language for solo saxophone performance. He has studied with Anthony Coleman, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, John McNeil, Frank Gratkowski, Hayden Chisholm, Allan Chase, Cecil McBee, Bill McHenry, Tony Malaby and Chris Cheek. He has performed locally and internationally with Sam Rivers, Wayne Shorter, Anthony Coleman, Bob Moses, Cecil McBee, Frank Carlberg, Miles Crayford, Jack Wilkins, Ken Schaphorst, Douglas Yates, Alex Heitlinger and Randy Pingrey and has been involved in collaborations with award winning theatre company “Company 1” in Boston. Together, the musicians have performed duet improvisations which span many traditions and styles in the Boston area. They are continually developing a strong musical language in the free improvisation idiom.

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A Guide to Preparing for the Studio

June 7, 2010

By Simon Miminis

In today’s music industry we’ve seen a massive increase in DIY projects (independently recorded, produced, manufactured and distributed projects). This phenomenon is generally attributed to the recent rise in availability of recording technology. It’s now easier than ever to go into a studio and record without spending thousands and thousands of dollars. So what better time to discuss preparation for the studio? Below are some Pre-Production tips to consider before you hit the record button.

State Goal of Recording:

Think of how you will use your recording, i.e. radio promotion, demo for club owners, single on your website/myspace, part of your full length album? These all carry special production decisions so give it a thought or two and let your engineer and producer know.

Description of Musical Style:

Let your engineer know in advance the genre of music your recording along with examples of what you want your recording to sound like, maybe a favorite record of yours that you admire for its production value.

Plan The Packaging:

If applicable make sure you have a plan for your CD package. Will you be hiring a graphic artist or designing a simple cover using software at home? If you’re using a graphic artist plan that into your budget as well. This is also a good time to look at getting quotes for pressing your CD.

Organize Rehearsals With Stated Goals:

Basically make sure you and your band are well rehearsed. I recommend bringing in a friend with a good ear to listen to your tune or to record it on an MP3 player and listen back to it as a band. Most importantly BE PICKY and fix things no matter how small! You don’t want to waste takes, time and money on performance issues in the studio. Also make sure that you and your band are comfortable playing to a click, it’s fairly common practice to use one in the studio.

List of Tunes With Instrumentation:

This will be important for the engineer to know so he can have a game plan for set up and the order of takes.

Verify That All Recording Equipment And Misc Gear Is Available:

Do you need a Piano, Rhodes, special reverb unit, specific microphones? Ask before your session so that the proper arrangements can be made and equipment can be rented if required.

Select And Book Any Additional Musicians:

Missing a vocalist, drummer, extra violinist? Make sure to arrange to bring one in. Standard Union pay for a single session musician is around $380.00 for a 3 hour slot (minimum booking) so budget that into your expenses if it applies to you.

Bring A Lunch:

Sessions can be long. Either make sure that the studio has a working kitchen or pack a lunch for the day. It’s hard to work on an empty stomach!

Print All Charts And Lyric Sheets Double Spaced:

This will help the engineer map out the song for quick editing and play back later. It will also help if you need to take notes (i.e. point out exactly where that wrong note was played or the tempo rushed, etc.)

Make A Schedule:

Having a play by play schedule will make sure you’re on track and not wasting time. Delegate specific time slots for arrivals, setting up, tracking, listening, editing, overdubs, mixing, mastering and lunch breaks down to the minute. This will help budget your time and assure that you can complete the project in the allocated amount of time and money.

… And last but not least…

Back-Up Plan:

Last but definitely not least, BRING IN YOUR OWN PORTABLE HARD DRIVE TO BACK-UP YOUR SESSION! This cannot be stressed enough, technology is unreliable at best so if your session is not backed up in at least 3 different sources then it is not saved at all. If you don’t own a portable hard drive then invest in one as soon as you can. They are extremely cheap in this day and age and necessary if you plan on doing any studio work.

Hopefully these tips help make your next recording session a little more organized.


WJB on the Radio, Newspapers, the web and Soon TV Too!

June 4, 2010

Tune in to Coast 101.1 this Sunday to hear Kirk Newhook on “Cool Jazz on the Coast Show” with Billy Sharpe. Kirk will be talking about this years line up and be playing music from feature artists. The show airs twice at 9am and 9pm.

Visit our website and you will see that profiles for 2010 WIJBF are now online. Find out more about these artists, watch video and find out what they are doing via their social networks.

Our new TV promo spot has gone on line and can be viewed here. The spot will air on CBC in the lead-up to the festival.

There will be a feature article in next weeks Current on 2010 WIJBF performer Peter Van Huffel. You can also read about him and also watch video on our blog here


Sponsor of the Week – Toyota Plaza

June 4, 2010

Toyota Plaza has been serving the citizens of St. Johns and the Avalon Peninsula with integrity and value for over 35 years. The dealer is proud to offer the largest selection of new Toyotas in Newfoundland and Labrador for you to choose from. Their dedicated staff is committed to delivering exceptional customer service.

In addition to new cars and trucks, Toyota Plaza offers a wise selection of pre-owned vehicles and is capable of meeting all its customers’ parts, service, body shop and accessories needs. Check out their website for more info on their special offers.

From 1978 to 1993, Toyota Plaza operated out of our original location on Kenmount Road. Our consistent yearly increases in sales meant that a new larger home became necessary. In 1993 the dealerwhip moved to its current location at 73 Kenmount Road, In the coming months they will have completed numerous improvements to our facility which will enable them to offer a truly “state of the art” ownership experience to our customers.

As a member of the Penney Automotive Group, their commitment to earning their customers’ trust through providing real service and real value will remain as always.

As a sponsor of the 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival, Toyota Plaza will be supporting our staff volunteers, and artists by providing solutions to our transportation needs through their rental car service. Toyota Plaza, thanks for your long-term support from Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues!

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School Touring Program application deadline extended to June 30, 2010

June 2, 2010

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) is accepting applications for the School Touring Program (STP).

Funded by the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Education’s Cultural Connections Strategy and the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, the School Touring Program supports tours of high quality artistic productions and presentations by professional Newfoundland and Labrador artists to schools in the province. Through the STP, students will have direct access to artistic experiences that explore and celebrate our culture.

The STP is open to all artistic disciplines served by the NLAC (dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual arts, writing). Tours must take place between September 15, 2010 and June 24, 2011. All tours must include workshops or enrichment activities that allow students to explore an artistic form. $110,000 is available to be awarded for school tours in the 2010-11 school year. Artists and arts organizations can apply for up to $20,000 for a school tour.

Further program information and an application form are available on the NLAC website at This writable PDF document can be completed online, but must be printed and submitted as a hard copy by mail or fax. It cannot be saved or submitted electronically.

For this year only, the application deadline will be June 30, 2010 (extended from June 15, 2010).

For further information please contact:
Ken Murphy, Program Manager
Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
The Newman Building, 1 Springdale Street, St. John’s
P.O. Box 98, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5H5
Phone: (709) 726-2212 or long distance toll free 1 866-726-2212 (NL only)
Fax: (709) 726-0619


Republic of Doyle Season 2 Music Submission

June 2, 2010

For those of you who haven’t already heard, CBC’s National TV Series, Republic of Doyle, has been renewed for a second season. What does this mean? This means that Canadians are watching and listening to some of Newfoundland’s amazing talent.

In addition to the show’s music composers, the executive producers have requested a revised search of any new music of all genres to add to our current database. If you have submitted music for season one, it has been reviewed and entered into our database already. What we are looking for are any new CD’s, songs, groups or solo acts to add to our current collection.

If you are interested, please send in your CD(s) you wish for us to consider. Your music will be reviewed and entered into our database for potential use in season two. This is an incredible opportunity for your to have your music heard nationally and get paid.
These opportunities don’t happen everyday, so please take this very seriously.

Please send your submissions to:

WGW Productions
10 Jersey Ave.
Mount Pearl, NL
A1N 1T9

(Please include all contact information)

Any questions can be directed to

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