episode i: orientation

What parts of the creative process can artists have in common?

When working on different projects--in different mediums, from ranging years of experience, from an intention to share with others or from a hope to serve as personal therapy, from practiced discipline or from sparks of inspiration, from an emotionally volatile state or from a predetermined direction--what constitutes a relatable creative experience?

Judith Brannen (painter), Katie Gorrie (poet/editor), Evan Bower (short-fiction writer), and Andrew Smith (musician/producer) graciously help scratch this surface by offering stories and insights informed by their own creative pursuits.

This inaugural episode, which begins with an introduction to the purpose of this podcast, was recorded in front of an audience during Bonfire Festival--a weekend dedicated to inspiring collaboration between artists across Canada--in St. Stephen, New Brunswick on July 27, 2017.

DISCLAIMER:  Road work was happening close to us during this recording. Not in a chill way. Construction and dentistry have always struck me as being pretty much the same, and if this block of road work was happening to a row of teeth, it would have been like a banshee-inspired drill periodically lodging itself in the centre of an unsuspecting molar. Really sorry about that.

But, hey--the sound quality can only go up from here, so there's that.