Posts By: Wanda Waterman

Wanda Waterman

Wanda Waterman is a poet, spoken word artist, blogger, cultural journalist, and digital nomad. She’s been writing regularly for The Voice Magazine since 2004, not long after she began studying psychology at Athabasca. Her poetry has been published in Descant, The Talking Leaves, Chizine, Our Times, The Best of Tigertail, and Pottersfield Portfolio and her articles in Design is Political, Rawckus Magazine, Coastal Life, The New Internationalist, This Magazine, and in her blog, The Mindful Bard. She grew up in Nova Scotia, but after having lived in New Hampshire and North Africa she’s now settled in Montreal.

In Conversation with . . . Ensemble Polaris, Part I

Ensemble Polaris is a group of musical masters who have joined together to perform music from the northern latitudes. Some of the musical traditions they embrace include, according to their website, ?early, folk, Klezmer, Hot Club of Paris, middle Eastern and southeast Asian, traditional Scandinavian, Celtic, Cape Breton, eastern European, classical, improvisatory, and avant-garde.? They’ve… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – A Dangerous Method

Film: A Dangerous Method (2011) Director: David Cronenberg Screenwriter: Christopher Hampton Cast: Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Cassel, Sarah Gadon ?We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love.? Sigmund Freud “As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Committing Theatre

Book: Alan Filewod, Committing Theatre: Theatre Radicalism and Political Intervention in Canada (Between the Lines 2011) ?Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.? Bertolt Brecht ?In the end the story of the Mummers illustrates, even establishes, the principle that radical intervention theatre is a theatre of refusal.?… Read more »

Gregor’s Bed – Ensemble Polaris, Uncharted Waters

Album: Ensemble Polaris, Uncharted Waters Artists: Marco Cera, guitar; Kirk Elliott, violin, folk harp, mandolin, accordion, bagpipe; Margaret Gay, cello; Ben Grossman, hurdy gurdy; Katherine Hill, voice, nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle); Alison Melville, baroque flute, recorders, seljefløyte (willow flute); Colin Savage, clarinet, bass clarinet, recorders; Debashis Sinha, percussion. Audacious Virtuosos at the Vanguard of Musical Eclecticism… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Portlandia

TV series: Portlandia (Independent Film Channel) Director: Jonathan Krisel Producer: Lorne Michaels Cast: Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen ?Portlandia is the city where young people go to retire!? Portlandia We Built This City on Bean Sprouts and Cultural Amnesia Peter and Nance are at their favourite organic restaurant. They want the chicken, but they’re aware, so… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Gescha, Part II

Gescha is a young Canadian hip hop artist who has shared the stage with Tech9, Classified, and Sweatshop Union, among others. His single ?Love Pirates? made #8 on the Canadian singles sales charts the week it debuted. After years of struggling with a self-destructive lifestyle, Gescha now mentors youth in an attempt to prevent others… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – A Somewhat Gentle Man

Film: A Somewhat Gentle Man (2010) Director: Hans Petter Moland Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Bjørn Floberg, Gard B. Eidsvold, Jorunn Kjellsby, Jannike Kruse, Aksel Hennie Genre: Art House/International/Comedy Honour Among Thieves (in a Manner of Speaking) ?Slowly and with suffering, I have reconquered through slavery my feeling of the dignity of being human, a feeling that… Read more »