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Hopkins, John

Hopkins, John

The Shooter
May 2016 | Profile by Jane Ledwell

“I’m quite laid back, but also quite driven. It’s a real dialectic,” laughs John Hopkins. The filmmaker required the pull of patience and persistence to spend five years on a feature-length documentary on the Bluefin tuna, to be released by the NFB this coming fall.

Filming the massive tuna, which John describes as “the world’s most evolved fish,”
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Lalonde, Louise

Lalonde, Louise

Boots on the ground
April 2016 | Profile by Jane Ledwell

Louise Lalonde says a teacher friend recently observed about her students: “If you speak, they listen”—she shrugs slightly—“but if it’s on a screen, it’s like it has more value.”

That’s important intel for a filmmaker like Louise. But, she says with conviction, “You don’t put anything on a screen without a script.” Later, she comments, “The
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Rhodenizer, Barbara

Rhodenizer, Barbara

Community Acts
March 2016 | Profile by Jane Ledwell

For community theatre stalwart Barbara Rhodenizer, an early stage experience came in Grade Three when her family was living in Ontario, dancing ballet in a perfect tutu and beribboned shoes—“with my ribbons trailing along behind me,” she laughs. She still remembers that she carried on through the performance, ribbons notwithstanding, and was
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McCallum, Fraser

McCallum, Fraser

The centre of things
February 2016 | Profile by Jane Ledwell

“There’s a real opportunity to be in the centre of things in PEI,” says Fraser McCallum from a perch in the Confederation Centre of the Arts, where he is communications manager. He may not intend the double-meaning of “centre/Centre,” but the musician, actor, and sometimes-stand-up and emcee talks a lot about making a career in the place
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Steinfeld, J.J.

Steinfeld, J.J.

Writing Outside
January 2016 | Profile by Jane Ledwell

With the new year 2016 looming, the accomplished Island writer J.J. Steinfeld muses, “If someone gave me a million dollars not to write for a year, I couldn’t in good conscience take it.” In 35 years on PEI, J. J. has published two novels, eleven short story collections, and three poetry collections. More than 40 of his one-act plays and
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Dawydiak, Orysia

Dawydiak, Orysia

Animal natures
December 2015 | Profile by Jane Ledwell

“I read pretty widely, but I don’t ever read enough.” Author Orysia Dawydiak expresses the common experience of book-lovers everywhere. She has more time for reading -- and for writing -- these past few years, since retiring from work at the Atlantic Veterinary College to a self-directed farm life surrounded by sheep and dogs. And what applies
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Williams Calhoun, Natalie

Williams Calhoun, Natalie

High standards
October 2015 | Profile by Jane Ledwell

I tell my students, you have to be able to do six different things at the same time to be a professional musician,” says Natalie Williams Calhoun, but the energetic PEI Symphony cellist with the quick and quirky sense of humour doesn’t mention limiting yourself to six things.

We chat in the moments between coordinating dropping her child at
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Campbell, Darcy

Campbell, Darcy

Behind the curtains
September 2015 | Profile by Jane Ledwell

From a seat in the audience, the summer performance season seems to wind down in September, as curtains close on theatre productions and concerts. But behind the curtains, for programmers in venues across the Island, the season is just heating up. This year, Charlottetown and PEI are the venue for Contact East, the Atlantic Presenters
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