Arts Connection for October 6, 2011 - visual artist Christopher van Donkelaar

Christopher van Donkelaar was initially trained in the traditional methods of painting icons by monks. Now, as his website ( says, “he’s taken the bedrock of the iconographic art form as the foundation for his own unflinching and inexhaustible curiosity.”
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Interview date: 
October 6, 2011 - 22:00

ArtsWatch: What I've learned about publishing

Reviewing a journal the other day I realized it’s been just over a year since I found out that Chasing the Wind won the 2010 Word Alive Press publishing contest in the non-fiction category.
It’s been a whirlwind of a year beginning with editing, reading proofs and finally having the published books arrive on my doorstep. There was book launch, interviews and media appearances. And there was the pleasure of finding copies of Chasing the Wind in Chapters and Christian bookstores from here to Chatham.

Arts Connection for September 29, 2011 - Helena Smrcek and the Word Weavers

The act of writing is a lonely endeavour. It’s you, the blank word document, a blinking cursor and a keypad. So finding others who understand the pain of the lonely writer is a joy.  Helena Smrcek's has appeared in Beyond Ordinary Living, Faith & Friends and ChristianWeek (for which I also write). Helena’s bringing a Word Weavers group to the Waterloo Region and talks to us about this.

Interview date: 
September 29, 2011 - 22:00

Arts Connection for September 22, 2011 - Mikey Fisher from Havenstance

Havenstance came together as a band this past February after being asked to lead worship at a downtown Kitchener church. After the evening of ministry, the band decided to stay together, put out an EP and have been performing and ministering ever since. Havenstance guitarist and vocalist Mikey Fisher gives us some insight into the unique perspective and unique ministry of Havenstance.

Interview date: 
September 22, 2011 - 22:00

downhere vocalist aims at spot in Queen touring production

The high-pitched vocalist from downhere, Marc Martel, is doing what many Christians say we should be doing - but getting flak for it.
Martel has entered the Queen Extravaganza ( contest where musicians use a video to audition a spot on a 2012 tour featuring the music of Queen. The band will be made up of musicians hand picked by Queen’s drummer Roger Taylor. This is not a tribute band. It’s a touring production of Queen music.

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