Interviews

Hugh Verrier

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Hugh Verrier

Hugh Verrier was the architect (and editor) of the classic Wade Hemsworth publication back in 1990, The Songs of Wade Hemsworth. Together with a clearly articulated vision for the project, he contributed invaluable insight for presenting and interpreting the material that has both musical and visual appeal. Hugh’s interest is both to preserve and to promote Wade's legacy.

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Wade D. Hemsworth Interview

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Wade D. Hemsworth Interview

On the occasion of Wade Hemsworth’s 75th birthday, his nephew Wade D. Hemsworth (D. for Duncan), a journalist with the Hamilton Spectator, wrote: “I’ve always wanted to write a story about Wade Hemsworth. He’s just so interesting, so vital, so engaging, so Canadian.” It’s true that in folksinging circles “Big Wade” was a legend. “Everybody looked up to him, and on the rare occasions when he would visit, the whole family would come over to my grandparents’ house on Victoria Street [in Brantford, Ontario], to see the nomadic uncle who travelled by train with a suitcase in one hand and a guitar...

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Elizabeth Whalley Interview

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Elizabeth Whalley Interview

Peter Whalley’s daughter, Elizabeth, has recently returned from New York and Nova Scotia to live in Morin Heights and to carry on her work as an artist. Presently residing in her father’s log-built home, Elizabeth provides a glimpse into Peter’s private life, demeanour as a cartoonist, work ethic, and range of artistic mediums. Interpreting his visual output as “texts,” Elizabeth muses on the social and political context of her father's artwork, often reflecting on the nature of his personality as influencing his non-traditional creativity. She also comments on his friendship with Wade Hemsworth and provides insight into aspects of “The Story...

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Jane McGarrigle Interview

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Jane McGarrigle Interview

Jane McGarrigle is the older sister of singer-songwriter duo Kate and Anna McGarrigle from Montréal and Saint-Sauveur; Jane is also a musician, record producer, occasional songwriter and author. The sisters' lives are chronicled in Anna and Jane’s book Mountain City Girls (Penguin: Random House) and in Dane Lanken’s book, Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Songs & Stories (Penumbra Press).

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Peter Weldon Interview

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The past year has been a productive period for Penumbra Press. Having garnered twenty citations (including four first-place awards) for the video animation of The Story of the “I’m Alone,” we have also conducted interviews with all of the principals involved with the production. Now, we are offering to share these in-depth glimpses with our followers and viewers. Each week for the next two months we will add a new interview to the series. All of the interviews will remain available for you to access as we share more and more about the making of The Story of the “I’m Alone,” its composer (Wade Hemsworth), and...

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