When Obsession Becomes Passion

What happens when an obsession becomes a passion? On this episode of All That Matters, we chat with Reggie Stefaniszyn, an editor, ESL instructor, and table hockey enthusiast whose hobby has taken him all over the world. And we speak with mixed media artist Darlene Madden, whose artistic career has impacted many people’s lives.

This episode first aired on July 20, 2016.

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Avatars

This week: Avatars. We were really curious how composite sketches are made, so we went straight to the source: the Edmonton Police Service’s Sgt Alanna Harrison joins us to tell us about the emotional and labour-intensive process of building a sketch of a suspect. And digital artist Braxton Penner joins us to talk about how digital avatars are made for video games.

You can watch Braxton Penner’s 3D modeling and texturing demo reel online here:

3D Modeling and Texturing Demo Reel Braxton Penner 2016 from Braxton Penner on Vimeo.

Demo Reel for Braxton Penner (2016)

Song Credit – San Holo Remix – Dr.Dre, The Nest Episode.

This episode first aired on April 27, 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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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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Half Off

This week: Half Off. Why is attendance at the Art Gallery of Alberta only half of what it was when the new building opened, and what can they do about it? We speak with Edmonton City Councillor Andrew Knack why he voted against funding an experiment with free admission at the gallery. And we’ll talk to Latitude 53’s Todd Janes and Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History’s Nina Simon about what other galleries are trying to get crowds in the door.

This episode first aired on February 10, 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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What is Art Worth?

This week: what is art worth? We headed to Edmonton’s Found Festival to ask you to compare some famous and not-so-famous artwork we dragged along. And we speak to former street artist Jamie Law about a 2012 police raid of his art show – a raid that still asks questions about how we decide what’s art, and what’s a crime.

Check out the artwork we asked folks at Found Festival to compare and let us know which one you think is the most valuable (and no, the Van Gogh is sadly not the original):

This episode first aired on July 1, 2015.

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Edmonton Gems

This week: what are Edmonton’s gems – the art that makes us uniquely us? We talk to sculptor Robin Bell about his much-loved whale sculpture at West Edmonton Mall, Remedy Cafe owner Zee about how Edmontonians have helped craft his menu and the famous bathroom graffiti, and find out the backstory to Norman Yates’ mural on the side of the U of A’s Education Building.

This episode first aired on June 17, 2015.

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Let’s Art About Sex

This week: let’s art about sex, baby. We’re asking how art can help us understand sex and sexuality on today’s show. Native Youth Sexual Health Network’s Erin Konsmo tells us why she’s been teaching Indigenous youth how to bead condoms. And we ask local model Andrea and artist Harry Abink what it means to pose in the nude.

This episode first aired on May 13, 2015.

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Making Sense

This week: how can we make art more accessible for everyone? We talk to Edmonton Digital Arts College’s Owen Brierley and Mark Barazzoul about how to make video games better for users with visual and hearing impairments. Then we find out how the Nina Haggerty Centre in Edmonton supports artists with disabilities, and why Toronto’s Restaurant O.Noir invites diners to eat in the dark.

This episode first aired on March 25, 2015.