14 episodes

Why do you make art? Why is art important? Hamilton artists answer these questions, and more, on the Why Art Podcast. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next painting, help pushing past your writer’s block, or conversations to keep you company while in quarantine, this is for you. Hosted by Rose Hopkins and Laura Welch.

The Why Art Podcast The Why Art Podcast

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Why do you make art? Why is art important? Hamilton artists answer these questions, and more, on the Why Art Podcast. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next painting, help pushing past your writer’s block, or conversations to keep you company while in quarantine, this is for you. Hosted by Rose Hopkins and Laura Welch.

    WHY ART with Samantha Walkes

    WHY ART with Samantha Walkes

    On this episode, we talk with theatre and film actor, Samantha Walkes, who you may recognize from King of Nappa, Orphan: First Kill, Murdoch Mysteries and others.

    Follow Sam on IG: @samanthawalkes

    Follow us on IG: @thewhyartpodcast


    Or visit www.whyartpodcast.com





    The music in this episode is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)


    Words by Audionautix: http://audionautix.com/



    Swing House is by RKVC: https://www.youtube.com/user/rkvcviews/

    • 40 min
    HOW artists can stay flexible in tough times with MARCEL STEWART

    HOW artists can stay flexible in tough times with MARCEL STEWART

    Today, I'm chatting with Marcel Stewart, an actor, writer, director, educator, organizer. Today we're talking about how to be a resilient artist by staying flexible and adaptable.

    Check out Marcel's work:
    The Toronto Pigeons, a podcast play he directed as part of Factory Theatre's You Can't Get There From Here series
    Freedom: A Mixtape, an original audio of songs, stories, anecdotes, and spoken word by folx in the Niagara region to celebrate Emancipation Day
    Electric Innovations, an incredible 2-week, online theatre intensive for folks 15-18 from Suitcase-In-Point

    Follow Lisa on Twitter: @marcystews

    Follow us on IG: @thewhyartpodcast


    Or visit www.whyartpodcast.com





    The music in this episode is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)


    Words by Audionautix: http://audionautix.com/



    Swing House is by RKVC: https://www.youtube.com/user/rkvcviews/

    • 37 min
    Why ART? with Lisa Pijuan-Nomura

    Why ART? with Lisa Pijuan-Nomura

    On this episode, we talk with Lisa Pijuan-Nomura, a Hamilton-based storyteller, collage artist, community organizer and so much more!

    Follow Lisa on IG: @girlcancreate @studiobeulah

    Follow us on IG: @thewhyartpodcast


    Or visit www.whyartpodcast.com





    The music in this episode is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)


    Words by Audionautix: http://audionautix.com/



    Swing House is by RKVC: https://www.youtube.com/user/rkvcviews/

    • 32 min
    HOW artists can manage their mental health with psychotherapist, Carly Fleming

    HOW artists can manage their mental health with psychotherapist, Carly Fleming

    Today on the podcast, we’re speaking to Carly Fleming, a registered psychotherapist and the founder of Everwell Integrated Health Professionals, a Hamilton-based team of pros offering online mental health services. We talk about why we’re all feeling down, what we can do about it, and how we can manage our mental wellness while working as artists. 




    Find out more about Everwell and their services: https://www.everwellhamilton.ca/


    Follow Everwell on IG: @everwell_counselling 




    If you need immediate help, call 9-1-1.

    If you or someone you know are in crisis, you can call COAST (Crisis Outreach and Support Team) at 905-972-8338. 




    Everwell’s Affordable Counselling Program: https://www.everwellhamilton.ca/affordable-online-counselling-ontario


    Find a lower-cost counsellor with The Affordable Therapy Network:  https://affordabletherapynetwork.com/ 

    The City of Hamilton has a comprehensive list of resources and supports for specific communities and groups: https://www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus/taking-care-your-mental-health





    There are counselling and mental health programs available that are covered by OHIP. Speak to your family doctor for more info, or learn more about connecting with a GP here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/find-family-doctor-or-nurse-practitioner 




    Follow the Why Art Podcast on IG: @thewhyartpodcast


    To learn more about us or to donate, head to: https://www.whyartpodcast.com/

    The music in this episode is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)


    Words by Audionautix: http://audionautix.com/



    Swing House is by RKVC: https://www.youtube.com/user/rkvcviews/

    • 37 min
    WHY ART? with Kyle Fisher from The Dirty Nil

    WHY ART? with Kyle Fisher from The Dirty Nil

    On this episode, we talk with Kyle Fisher, drummer for Juno-award winning alt-rock band The Dirty Nil, about music, mastery, Bob Ross, and more.

    Follow Kyle on IG: @kylestarchildfisher
    And follow The Dirty Nil on IG: @thedirtynil
    Stream their album 'F**k Art' now.

    Follow us on IG: @thewhyartpodcast


    Or visit www.whyartpodcast.com





    The music in this episode is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)


    Words by Audionautix: http://audionautix.com/



    Swing House is by RKVC: https://www.youtube.com/user/rkvcviews/

    • 38 min
    Gemma New

    Gemma New

    Gemma New is a New-Zealand born conductor and now the music director for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. In this episode, we talk about how Gemma came to Hamilton, the place orchestral music has in 2020, and what live performance looks like post-COVID.

    Follow Gemma on IG: @gemmanewmusic
    Or on her website: gemmanew.com
    And check out the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra: hpo.org

    Follow us on IG: @thewhyartpodcast


    Or visit www.whyartpodcast.com





    Season one of The Why Art Podcast is a 2020 Hamilton Arts Week Signature Event. Click here to see more arts week events.





    The music in this episode is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)


    Words by Audionautix: http://audionautix.com/



    Swing House is by RKVC: https://www.youtube.com/user/rkvcviews/

    • 42 min

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