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Culture Club

Wednesday 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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culture (noun) cul·ture \ˈkəl-chər\ : beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time : a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc. : a way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization (such as a business) Fascinated by "cul·ture"? Join the Club! Culture Club features cultural arts, discussions, recordings and more.

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End of Gay Culture?

A City Conversation - Sept 2013
A City Conversation featuring Dara Parker, Executive Director of Qmunity, BC’s Queer Resource Centre; Joe Rachert, project manager at Men’s Health Initiative; and one other.

From the website: Increasingly accepted, increasingly assimilated. Will a consequence of this generational transformation mean that a distinctive culture will wither away? In a seminal essay, writer Andrew Sullivan argued that it is disappearing. “…not…that homosexual men and lesbians…won’t create a community of sorts and a culture that sets them in some ways apart…but that “gayness” alone will cease to tell you very much about any individual….For many in the gay world, this is both a triumph and a threat.”

And what does this loss of a culture that "helped define us not only to the world but also to ourselves” mean for Vancouver— the Davie Village, LGBT institutions like Qmunity, and to other neighbourhoods where those who were once pariahs now live?

Aaron Chapman, Emily Davidson, Jenn Farrell, Raziel Reid

Books on the Radio Magazine
Hi everybody! This is Books on the Radio Monthly Magazine for September 2015, I’m Sean Cranbury and you are listening to CJSF 90.1 FM Simon Fraser University Independent Community Radio broadcasting from high atop mighty Burnaby Mountain.

These recordings and performances contain strong and suggestive language and ideas that some people may find offensive. Books on the Radio wholly embraces a writers need to express themselves unfettered in the language of their choosing. The best writing should always contain language that bothers or shocks us, wakes us up a little bit. I believe that these pieces do that but please take care to adjust your expectations accordingly.

On today’s show we’ll be hearing live audio recordings of readings by Vancouver writers Aaron Chapman, Raziel Reid, and Jenn Farrell at the recent event produced by the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series. The event was called the 2015 Fall Literary Showcase and it took place in east Vancouver at the Anza Club on Wednesday September 23rd.

We will also hear an excerpt of a reading by Vancouver poet Emily Davidson from the Frog Hollow Press chapbook launch earlier this summer at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

For more information about Books on the Radio please check out soundcloud or and for more information on the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series please check out

The next event that Real Vancouver Writers’ Series is producing is taking place at the Untitled Gallery in Vancouver’s Chinatown district on Thursday October 29th and will feature Lana Pesch, Leah Horlick, and two prize winning poets including Lucas Crawford, winner of the 2015 R obert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and Jane Munro, the winner of the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize.

Thank you for listening. Support your local writing community, independent radio, and independent creators wherever you can.

Sinixt Nation (Arrow Lake Peoples)

radio documentary
In the Culture Club today: the Sinixt Nation.

This documentary highlights the history and culture of a nation declared "extinct" for the purposes of the Canadian Indian Act.

To learn more about the Sinixt nation, check out these other documentaries and pieces of research!

The Poetry Hour from the Mixolos Mitchtape

originally aired during National Aboriginal Day 2015
The Poetry Hour: live poetry performances and critical discussion about National Aboriginal Day with host Mitcholos Touchie @101theprofessor & guest Crystal Smith de Molina (who debuts two new poems!).

Also featuring recorded performances from:
Nyla Carpentier
Jamie G
Valeen Jules
Rayne Burning

For more from Mitcholos aka the Mixolos Mitchtape check this out:

Books on the Radio Magazine - August

archival readings - Eileen Myles, bp Nichol, and Robin Blaser.
On today’s show I’m very excited to play some amazing archival audio recordings of legendary poets. All of these recordings have come to us courtesy of the incredible work being done at pennsound which is a project run out the university of pennsylvania that makes new audio recordings and preserved archival recordings available for listening and download at Please check it out. The archives are incredible and I’ll be pulling audio from that vast reservoir for future shows, for sure.

Music: Vancouver bands Fond of Tigers and Cassette Merchant.

But first Eileen Myles reading from Inferno (A Poet’s Novel). Eileen is an American poet and writer who has produced more than twenty volumes of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, land other writing in the past thirty years. She has been described as described as "one of the savviest and most restless intellects in contemporary literature."

Very excited to be able to share this audio with you. Thanks to everyone at PennSound for all the great work they do preserving and archiving these recordings.

It should be noted here that Books on the Radio is a censorship-free zone. Some of the language and sounds that you may hear on this show are possibly offensive to some. We believe that public radio is one of the few spaces in contemporary media where words and ideas can respectfully challenge their audience and push boundaries in ways that other conventional media do not. Please take care listen with an open heart and mind.

You’re listening to Books on the Radio. For more information about this show please visit and check out @booksontheradio.

Culture of Work

live in studio Aug 19, 2016 - 1pm
Continuing from the Aug 19 ep of SFU Ideas & Issues talking about the SFU and TSSU (Teaching Support Staff Union) labour dispute, we broaden our discussion to the culture and theory of work and labour, including the idea of "affective labour."

Fuse: Cultural Revolution; Moe Clark: Poet

from the archives with a recent twist
In honour of the 10th anniversary of FUSE - a multimedia party at the Vancouver Art Gallery - 10th anniversary, we give you a taste of past FUSE edition: Cultural Revolution.

FUSE: Disruption is Saturday, August 15th 8pm and features local artist/curators Kate Armstrong and Malcolm Levy

FUSE: Disruption is part of the ISEA Conference this week, which is also themed DISRUPTION

Then Moe Clark talks to friend of CJSF Ophira Horwitz about her work, and Walking With Our Sisters, which was recently in BC on K'Omoks lands, and CJSF Was there!

Woman with a Penis! Breaking Binaries

1pm Wed Aug 5 Pride Programming
Daphne Shaed is a Woman with a Penis! In her own words she is a "Tranny cyborg Hindu woman, a woman with a penis, activist for trans rights, women's rights, social justice, and anti-violence, and anti-racism." She is an academic at University of Victoria, and hosts Breaking Binary on CFUV 101.9FM. Daphne joins CJSF to discuss what those chosen labels mean to her, and delves into the diversity of "biological sex" and how biological sex assignment interacts with gender and identity politics.

To read more or contact, check out:

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Behind the Latvian Art Diaries

Maegan Thomas & David Swanson
A close read of the Latvian Art Diaries documentary with producer David Swan (The Swan Song Mondays 7pm)
On this premiere episode of CJSF's Culture Club, we go behind the scenes on some of our fave sections of recently aired documentary, the Latvian Art Diaries. David traveled to Riga, capital of Latvia, 2014 European Cultural Capital, to document the blossoming arts & cultural scene.

Read more from David and listen to the full documentary:

Sun Ra: An Archival Analysis

music, interviews and lectures
guest host Beau Bridge explores the eccentric personality of famous Free Jazz composer & Revolutionary artist Sun Ra, as well as the literary and cultural aesthetic of "Afro-futurism" through unearthed audio interviews and lectures by Sun Ra. Discussions include the philosophy of space and time, the human being, blackness, whiteness, goodness, and concepts of god.

The Law Between Us w Grace Woo

by Jessica Buffalo, episode 1 of 5 part series
Host Jessica Buffalo interviews Grace Woo, author of "Ghost Dancing With Colonialism," exploring Canada's legacy of colonialism and the law in relation to Aboriginal peoples.

The Law Between Us is a 5 part series produced in 2012 funded with a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada.

for the full series, and more documentaries and radio dramas, visit

Books on the Radio Magazine

a digest of BOTR projects each last Wed of the month!
Books on the Radio magazine brings you contemporary literary voices from across Canada.
This month BOTR Mag features Vancouver's Carellin Brooks, Barrie, Ontario's Lesley Battler, Jimmy McInnes, and more.


Special Programming June 17-21
June 17th Musqeuam Culture - Centre- Gallery

MC`D by Gunargie and Musqueam Training and Employment Student
1:00-1:30pm Christie Lee
1:30-2:00pm Murray Porter
2:00-2:15pm Intro First Nations Health Authority
2:15-2:30pm Provincial Health Authority
2:40-3:00pm Ryan Gonzales
3:00-3:40pm First Nations Health Authority
3;40-4:00pm Warren Hooley Beat Boxer
4:00-4:30pm Cheryl Bear-Barnetson
4:30-4:50pm Rez Warrior-Larry Hanson

Find the Full Schedule here!

Books on the Radio Magazine

last Wed of the month 1pm
Books on the Radio Magazine May 2015 features:
- Dennis Lehane speaking about libraries - specifically Boston Public - and freedom
- readings by Wayde Compton and Alexandra Leggat from the Real Vancouver Writers' Series literary showcase at the Anza Club in September 2014

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Geometries of Knowing - Part III

the final installment of our coverage of all four parts
Geometry of Knowing is a group exhibition that investigates approaches to the acquisition of knowledge in the full mind-body-spirit sense of intelligence. Organized in four parts and presented across two galleries located in a post-secondary pedagogical institution, the objective of the project is to investigate the way in which artists engage tactics of fieldwork, embodiment and materiality in a manner that reveals or instigates a process of knowing. In this moment of increasing standardization and specialization regarding how people learn, art is a space for innovative thinking and experimentation outside given frameworks.

Geometry of Knowing
Part 1: SFU Gallery, Burnaby, JAN 15 – FEB 28, 2015
Part 2: Audain Gallery, Vancouver, JAN 15 – FEB 28, 2015
Part 3: SFU Gallery, Burnaby, MAR 21 – MAY 15, 2015
Part 4: Audain Gallery, Vancouver, MAR 19 – MAR 28, 2015

(listen to all four parts here!

Many works in the exhibition engage hybrid forms of fieldwork, borrowing methodologies and tools from anthropology, hunting, marine navigation, chemistry, herbology and horticulture. For example, Kika Thorne’s new sculptural work, The Question of a Hunch, extends her ongoing interests in geometry, the visible spectrum and magnetism as a field upon which to project questions regarding chemical composition and its political ramifications.

Knowing through embodiment calls into play the geometry of sense perception, communication and collaboration between artists and physical enactments. For example, Carole Itter’s 1979 photographic series, Euclid, documents artist/musician Al Neil tracing Euclidean geometric theorems in the sand at Cates Park in North Vancouver. These images were projected as part of a collaborative live performance with Al Neil on piano, used on Neil’s Fog and Boot album cover, as well as existing as photographic works in their own right.

Manipulating materials, forms and images is a fundamental aspect of artistic production and transfigures how we experience, interpret and know the world. Camille Henrot’s 2011 video, The Strife of Love in a Dream, for example, composes a visual atlas of strategies to conquer anxiety and fear through mythology, medicine, religion, art, ritual and tourism.

At SFU Galleries, we understand the university as a site of knowledge production, dissemination and acquisition. Its architecture is spatial and social, formalizing communal inquiry, contemplation, critique and invention. Situated in this architecture, the exhibition imagines the open geometry of the gallery as a context to re-examine how the visual and material languages of contemporary art generate experiential, emotional, physical, environmental and intuitive intelligence. The exhibition Geometry of Knowing explores emerging and reclaimed forms of knowledge as tools to frame how artists consider ways of witnessing, being with, querying and generating.

The exhibition includes work by over thirty Canadian and international artists across the first three parts, including works from the SFU Art Collection. The fourth component is constituted as an SFU School for Contemporary Arts visual arts course in which students respond to the exhibition’s theme through archival research.

Part 1: Derya Akay, Eli Bornowsky, Neil Campbell, Julia Feyrer, Lawren Harris, Roy Kiyooka, Michael Morris, Gordon Smith, Frank Stella, Takao Tanabe. Part 2: Josef Albers, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Michael Drebert, Jimmie Durham, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Sandra Hanson, Camille Henrot, Dawn Johnston, Brian Jungen, David MacWilliam, N.E. Thing Co., Kara Uzelman, Brent Wadden. Part 3: Josef Albers, B.C. Binning, Lee Bontecou, Brian Fisher, Carole Itter, Devon Knowles, Evan Lee, Bruce Nauman, Hannah Rickards, Kika Thorne, Brent Wadden. Part 4: (Curated by 3rd year students in FPA 361 with faculty member Sabine Bitter) Amanda Arcuri, John Baldessari, Alison Bremner, Vanessa Brown, Chris Chapman, Sarah Davidson, Irina Giri, Jessica Gnyp, Alex Grünenfelder, Aleezay Hashmi, Danyal Imani, James K-M, Carolina Krawczyk, Jaymie Johnson, Janna Kumi, Adriana Lademann, Anchi Lin, Lucida Lab Collaborative, Sandy Margaret, T.J. Mclachlan, Bronwyn A Mcmillin, Jennifer O'Keeffe - Almond, Shelley Penfold, Terra Poirier, Emilio Rojas, Oscar A Lira Sanchez, Erin Siddall, Christian Vistan and Viki Wu.

Curated by Amy Kazymerchyk and Melanie O’Brian. Supported by a Project Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Evelyn Lau and Rita Wong Read at SFU

Wed 1p - May is Asian Heritage Month
Readings from two incredible local Asian Canadian poets, from the SFU Lunch Poems Series!

Rita Wong is the author of four books of poetry: undercurrent (Nightwood 2015), sybil unrest (co-written with Larissa Lai, Line Books, 2008), forage (Nightwood 2007), and monkeypuzzle (Press Gang 1998). She works as an Associate Professor in Critical + Cultural Studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and her work investigates the relationships between contemporary poetics, social justice, ecology, and decolonization. (Tony Power introduces Rita at Lunch Poems February 2013)

Evelyn Lau is the author of six volumes of poetry, two works of non-fiction, two short story collections and a novel, with works translated into a dozen languages worldwide. She was the 2014 Vancouver poet laureate, part of the Read Local BC Campaign 2015 and a presenter at the 2015 Cascadia Poetry Festival. Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid, published when she was 18, was a Canadian bestseller and was made into a movie. You Are Not Who You Claim won the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award, and Oedipal Dreams was nominated for the Governor-General’s Award for poetry. Her collection, A Grain of Rice, was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Award and the Pat Lowther Award. (Wayde Compton introduces at Lunch Poems February 2014)

Adorno's Ghosts

from The Adorno Symposium - SFU Institute for Humanities
A lecture from SFU Institute of Humanities Symposium: “Theodor Adorno: Music, Language, Authenticity" and the annotation series by CJSF producer Beau Bridge

This week “Adorno’s Ghosts: Childhood, Exile, Metonymy and Writing out of Anguish”

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN: Elsewhere, exile, disfigured writing, parataxis, emotions of childhood, the anguished voice of Minima Moralia (1943) is the now-voice, the immediate, informed by the lostness of loss as if in Osip Mandelstam’s exilic words “We live not feeling the land beneath us/Our words cannot be heard beyond ten steps” and Andre Green’s “The aims of both the unconscious and the ego come together in the compulsion to write” (On Private Madness).

Jerry Zaslove is a teacher and writer in the fields of Comparative Literature and Social History of Art influenced but not limited by the traditions of critical theory for the arts, aesthetics, psychoanalysis, and social thought. Most recent writing: “Red Peter, Kafka in the Penal Colony,” essays on the place of the University in society, Exile and memory, and the City in History. Elsewhere and Otherwise, forms and realities of community, single authors worth studying in depth.

Books on the Radio Magazine - April 2015

from the Real Vancouver Writer's Series 5th Anniversary event
Books on the Radio Digest is now Books on the Radio Magazine!
So many formats for such amazing words!

Today on the show:
Carleigh Baker reads from Peel Project memoir
Jennica Harper reads the Sally Draper poems from her book Wood
Rick Maddocks and Stephen Lyons perform as Sun Belt from their book Cabalcor
Chris Walter reads from his new book Under the Kilt: The Real MacKenzie's Exposed!

Song: Real MacKenzies perform Stan Rogers' Barrett's Privateers.

The Legacy of Zaccheus Jackson Nyce

CJSF remembers local poetry champion, innovator and leader
In August of 2014 local poet Zaccheus Jackson Nyce, local, loved and lauded poet and teacher, was killed in an accident. It was a sudden end to a rising leader.

In April 2014 Zaccheus talked with Carmela Atkinson & Jacob Gradowski on the Arts Show (Thurs 4p) about his journey as a poet, an addict, a storyteller, an Aboriginal man, and a contributor to his community. He also notes that spoken word is not just poetry, so is talk radio, comedy, storytelling - any communication through the voice and body, or sometimes rhyming gesture - which are all welcome forms at the weekly Van Poetry Slam.

You can also see all of these, and feel his influence at the Zaccheus Jackson Legacy Project at Verses Festival 2015. Youth have transcribed his work for posterity, and gone on to write their own autobiographical stories. You'll also be able to experience the range of spoken word he notes, including American Sign Language at the ASL slam, and original Zaccheus slam team member Barbara Adler.

Thank you to Jillian Christmas and the Denman Writers Festival who also contributed to this piece. DWF noted that his performance was a fan favourite. His appearance at the DWF was one of his last performances and we are honoured to air it.

The Darker Side of Record Store Day

Kiara Shibley talks to local record store owners
In the light of excitement and the shadow of mounting criticism, Record Store Day moves forward with big celebrations and hundreds of exclusive vinyl releases again this Saturday, April 18th.

This episode of Culture Club looks behind the scenes of this growing event in record store culture and the vinyl arts. Kiara Shibley, CJSF music coordinator, talks with various Vancouver record store owners, employees, and small record label owners about their thoughts and opinions on the consumer holiday. Voices include Ben from Neptoon Records, Dave from Red Cat Records, Mark from Audiopile Records, Tim the label Kingfisher Bluez, and Patrick from the label Hosehead Records.

Tune in to the festivities on the CJSF/CiTR joint broadcast 12-7pm Saturday April 18th.