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Elevator Pitches

This week on All That Matters, we asked Edmontonians for their elevator pitches! We’ve got deliciously impractical ideas about bobsledding and pirates from Rapid Fire Theatre’s Chris Borg and Sam Stralak. We ride in the actual elevator at Enterprise Square to hear artist Julie Ferguson’s idea for the building. And we ask folks on the street about their ideas for the old Royal Alberta Museum building.

This episode first aired on March 30, 2016.

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The Neutral Zone

We see little glimpses of artists’ lives through their work. But what’s in the neutral zone: the space between being at centre stage – having everyone pay attention to your work – and your regular life? We ask Edmontonian Susan Sneath, who moved away from a life in theatre, radio and TV. And we speak to renowned artist Joseph Sanchez, one of the Professional Native Indian Artists Inc (aka the “Native Group of Seven”), about how their fight to get Indigenous art embraced by the mainstream changed the way he saw himself. MacKenzie Art Gallery curator Michelle LaVallee talks about creating an exhibit of the group’s work touring across Canada.

The episode first aired on March 9, 2016.

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Art and Medicine

This week: how do artists influence medicine – how do they play into how we heal each other? We have two stories, both looking at performance artists in the healthcare system. But they come from different sides of a divide: Demmi Dupri takes the stage in art therapy as a clown, and actor Andrew Ritchie works behind the scenes as a standardized patient for doctors to practice on.

This episode first aired on June 10, 2015.

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Art is for Everyone

This week: if art is for everyone, how do we make sure everyone can access it? We wander over to the Talking Book Club at an Edmonton library, and hear the story behind CRIPSiE and the Mindhive Collective’s new show The Wedding Reception: Love in the Margins.

This episode first aired on June 3, 2015.

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Preaching to the Choir

This week: how do we go beyond preaching to the choir? How do we open up a conversation beyond the inner circle? We’ve got two stories today – one about a cross-country project called Train of Thought aiming to get First Nations and settler people talking about the struggles we have in common. In the other, we speak to actor Connor Yuzwenko-Martin about his role in the play Tribes at the U of A’s Studio Theatre. It’s an attempt to get deaf and hearing communities to understand each other better.

This episode first aired on May 20, 2015.

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How art can change a neighbourhood

Herb Varley stands beside a photograph of community members in a tableau recreation of a protest

Vancouver artist Herb Varley shows off images from the Right to Remain project in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. [Photo: Kathryn Lennon]

This week: how can art change a neighbourhood? We’ve got stories about community members’ hopes for how art could make Edmonton’s Alberta Avenue a safer, more welcoming place to live. And a story about a group of artists and researchers determined not to let history repeat itself on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside: Herb Varley, Greg Masuda, and Jeff Masuda speak about the Right to Remain project.

This episode first aired on March 11, 2015.

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Deal With It

This week: how do we deal with losing someone? We speak to a death midwife who helps guide families through losing a relative. Then, Punctuate! Theatre’s Liz Hobbs and Andréa Jorawsky explain how developing a new play helped them deal with the loss of a friend and fellow performer, Adam Cope.

This episode first aired on February 18, 2015.

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Used to be here

This week: What is it that we miss when something we were part of is gone? We cover three stories that tackle this question. The first is the tragic fire that ravaged the Roxy Theatre in Edmonton; Edmontonian Valerie shares her experience of being in her high school choir; and Kyla Tichkowsky gives us enlightening information about her experiences of working in Edmonton’s unique Exposure Queer Arts & Culture Festival.

This episode first aired January 21, 2015.

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Confessions of a Mask

This week: When does it help and when does it hurt to take on a character? We talk to Grace Chapman, an Edmontonian who took on acting to cope with her severe social anxiety, as well as Niresha Velmurugiah, an Edmonton film buff, on how actors get the heat for taking on certain characters.

This episode first aired on January 7, 2015.