Week 2 (2015)

Singing for Peace: Inspiring Change Through Music in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Producer/Writer: Kristine St-Pierre
Technical Producer: Mark Valcour

About the documentary:

In the summer of 2013, Kristine spent a month in Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to research the role that music can play in promoting peace. During that month, she met many people from journalists to academics to youth leaders, and all had their own perspective on the opportunities that music can provide in a country devastated by war. The following documentary is a glimpse into their world and how music can be a powerful tool for change.

 


About the producer:

Kristine St-Pierre (Photo credit: Charly Kasereka)

Kristine St-Pierre is a bilingual singer-songwriter, radio producer and host, women’s rights advocate, and new mom to daughter Ava. She holds a Master of Journalism degree (2014) as well as a Master of Arts from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (2006) at Carleton University. As part of her journalism degree, Kristine spent one month in Goma, DRC exploring the role of music in fostering peace following which she produced a radio documentary on her experience. Since September 2014, Kristine is the producer and host of ArtBreak, a weekly radio show on CKCU 93.1 FM that explores the diversity and richness of Ottawa’s arts and culture scene.  

 


My Family and The Death Midwife

Producer/Writer: Nikki Wiart

About the documentary:

What is the purpose of death? And why are we afraid of it? In this short radio doc, Nikki Wiart sits down with her family’s death midwife to get answers to some of life’s big questions.

The death tarot card signals new beginnings, change, transformation, and while that change can be sudden and unexpected, it’s necessary.  Illustration by Kayla Callfas
The death tarot card signals new beginnings, change, transformation, and while that change can be sudden and unexpected, it’s necessary.
Illustration by Kayla Callfas


About the producer
:

Nikki Wiart
Nikki Wiart

Nikki Wiart is a journalist living in Edmonton, with roots in the small town of Castor, Alta. She has a Bachelor of Communications from MacEwan University and has spent the past two plus years working as a producer for Global News. She freelances on the side and volunteers for the community radio station CJSR in her spare time. In the fall, she’s off to Ottawa to complete a graduate degree in journalism at Carleton University.

 


Here I Am and Here Be Danger

Producer/Writer: Annis McEwen

About the documentary:

Here I Am and Here Be Danger is a non-narrated audio experiment in heartbreak. It won the Best New Artist award at the Third Coast International Audio Festival in 2014.


About the producer
:

Annie McEwen (Photo credit: Will Baker)
Annie McEwen
(Photo credit: Will Baker)

Annie McEwen is an independent radio producer and folklorist living in St. John’s, NL. She is a graduate of the Folklore Master’s program at Memorial University as well as the Transom Story Workshop and the City Lore Summer Documentary Institute. Her audio work has been heard on radio stations across North America. She’s taught university-level classes and workshops on storytelling and audio editing.

In 2013, she co-created the international award-winning app called Inside/Outside Battery along with Chris Brookes and Jake Nicoll at Battery Radio. Most recently, she was awarded the Best New Artist Award at the Third Coast International Audio Festival for her documentary entitled “Here I Am and Here Be Danger”. In 2014, Annie starting working with Fixt Point on their national multimedia and theatre project called The Tale of a Town – Canada. Among other things, Annie currently produces a monthly literary podcast for The Overcast in St. John’s.

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