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Why Bother?

The final episode of All That Matters. We thought it’d be fitting to go out with one of the big questions behind everything we’ve done on the show: Why bother? Why bother making something, rather than nothing?

We’ve got three stories for you. Elevator pitch master Julie Ferguson returns, as we follow them through the daily hustle of bussing between rehearsals and trying to make ends meet. We talk to Daniel Secker, a drummer who always wanted to make it big. And we talk to filmmaker Geraldine Carr, who wants to go bigger.

This show is coming to a close because most of the producers who’ve worked on it over the years have moved away, or moved on to other projects. We’re sad to wrap things up, but really excited to keep making great stories for you through CJSR. You can find alumni from our show on Fuses With the Muses, Topograph, Word, Adamant Eve, and soon on Generator.

We’ve really enjoyed making this show for you over the years. Thank you for listening to our little corner of the radio.

This episode first aired on September 14, 2016.

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Director’s Cut

This week: Director’s Cut. We have three bonus stories that we wanted to put in earlier episodes, but just couldn’t find time for.

This week, we revisit the question of whether it’s the camera or the photographer that makes a great picture. Lisbon Lux Records’ Julien Manaud tells us about the time he suddenly found himself becoming a producer for the first time, a manager, and then a music video director. And to top it all off, he was filming on an iPhone.

Then, more stories answering that question artists love hearing: What would you say you do here? Like, what is your job anyway? We went to Game Discovery Exhibition Edmonton – GDX back in May and spoke to Neil Thompson and David Lam, Art and Animation Director and External Art Director at Bioware (respectively). That’s also where we caught up with Nathan Weatherby and Tyler Copeland, the entrepeneurs behind Polyhobby Studios.

This episode first aired on September 7, 2016.

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Authenticity

This week: What’s authentic? Emmanuel Jal was born in South Sudan and became a child solider at the age of 7. He’s now become a global citizen through his work as an activist, hip-hop artist and storyteller. We talked to Emmanuel about how he tries to stay true to himself and where he comes from.

And we dive deep into the debate about cultural appropriation of Indigenous art and culture. Cold Lake First Nation artist Dawn Marie Marchand joins us to talk about the lengths she goes to make her art respectfully, and whether Edmontonians really should #boycottyegarts, as Metis writer and academic Zoe Todd has advocated on her blog.

This episode first aired on August 19, 2015.

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Making It

This week: A 360 degree look at what it means to “make it.” We talk to The Wet Secrets’ Lyle Bell about all the puddles and hard work along the way from accidentally starting a band to playing the Grey Cup. And we’ll talk to Edmontonian Sharon Bellion about working her way up from a life without literacy.

This episode first aired on February 3, 2016.

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What Would You Say You Do Here?

This week: What would you say… you do here? Inquiring minds want to know. So this week, we’ve devoted an entire episode to answering your questions about some of those arts jobs you’ve always wondered about. What does a projectionist do now, anyway? What’s a dolly grip? What’s a best boy? What the heck does a music producer do?

We speak to Hip-Hop Practitioner/Music Producer KazMega, Dolly Grip Clint Silzer, Best Boy Dean Davey, Projectionist Brad Syme, and Props Master Toni Quinn.

This episode first aired on December 2, 2015.

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Authenticity

This week: What’s authentic? Emmanuel Jal was born in South Sudan and became a child solider at the age of 7. He’s now become a global citizen through his work as an activist, hip-hop artist and storyteller. We talked to Emmanuel about how he tries to stay true to himself and where he comes from.

And we dive deep into the debate about cultural appropriation of Indigenous art and culture. Cold Lake First Nation artist Dawn Marie Marchand joins us to talk about the lengths she goes to make her art respectfully, and whether Edmontonians really should #boycottyegarts, as Metis writer and academic Zoe Todd has advocated on her blog.

This episode first aired on August 19, 2015.

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Good Neighbours

This week: do you know your neighbours? We take a look at a long-standing Edmonton institution whose business is all about full exposure: the Chez Pierre strip club. And we ask how the Edmonton Folk Festival keeps its neighbours happy right in the middle of the city. Festival Producer Terry Wickham and a neighbour named Marilyn weigh in.

This episode first aired on August 6, 2015.

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How do you write a city?

This week: How do you write a city? How do you write stories, poems, songs, that feel like the place you live? Feel grounded in it? We speak to Jason Lee Norman about his anthology of writing about Edmonton in winter, and hear local poet Mary Pinkowski. Then, three writers with the Boyle Street Writers’ Group share their work, and we head to Iceland ask musician and sculptor Páll Guðmundsson how to make art that feels like the place it comes from.

This episode first aired on February 11, 2015.