11 Writers Whose Works Inspired World Change

by Wanda Waterman The Voice Magazine, Volume 22 Issue 20 2014-05-16 “I definitely believe that art is the best way to produce social change.” – Pedro Reyes It’s a balancing act. The socially aware artist runs the risk of sabotaging her art and even appearing annoyingly self-righteous. And after all, isn’t a little “art-for-art’s sake” necessary to the production of good art? Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, one of the most popular books in the United States in the 19th century (second only to the Bible). The book sparked an unquenchable national passion to end slavery by humanizing … Continue reading 11 Writers Whose Works Inspired World Change

In Conversation with Jack Malmstrom, Part I

by Wanda Waterman The Voice Magazine, Volume 22 Issue 20 2014-05-16 “Memory is a paradise out of which fate cannot drive us.” – Alexandre Dumas, fils Jack Malmstrom is the swing clarinetist who put together Jack’s Cats, a vintage-style jazz sextet based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that also includes keyboardist Gordon Fader, guitarist Dylan Quinn, bassist Mark Roberts, drummer Dave Skinner, and vocalist Kitty Farmer. The project, which quite successfully revives the “pre-bland” portion of the big band era in music, has also attracted the participation of some of the best jazz names in Atlantic Canada, including Holly Arsenault, Adam … Continue reading In Conversation with Jack Malmstrom, Part I