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Davis, Tanya

Davis, Tanya

The Soul of a Poet
Profile by Jane Ledwell

I dove into the ocean today,” says a wide-eyed Tanya Davis on an unseasonal, chilly June Wednesday when the Halifax-based poet and musician is visiting her home province to perform. “It was like washing the winter off, or like summer joined winter on my skin.”

Ask anything of Tanya, and art happens—language with the rhythm of music, personal revelation
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Wendt, Pan

Wendt, Pan

Creative Change
Profile by Jane Ledwell

When I meet Pan Wendt at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, kids are playing in the concourse outside Mavor’s Bistro, poking at glass display cases for visual art exhibitions. “As a kid,” Pan remembers, “I was in here all the time, and in some senses it was just the place where my dad [Konrad Wendt] worked. I had no idea of its place in the community.”

Now
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Enman, Marcia

Enman, Marcia

A Publisher’s Life
Profile by Jane Ledwell

What’s the use of wasting all night at home, sitting on the couch?” asks Marcia Enman, publisher of the weekly La Voix acadienne, PEI’s only French-language newspaper. “I don’t think there’s one night I don’t do something, for the paper or for a committee.” Among other things, the active single mother is vice-chairperson of her municipal council in
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Horne, Steve

Horne, Steve

Small is the New Big
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Do you know the Lot 16 Hall?” asks Steve Horne, business director for PEI’s Festival of Small Halls. The June festival, an ECMA nominee for Event of the Year, features almost two weeks of music and storytelling in community halls across the Island. To Steve, the Festival is “everything that’s good about PEI in the early summer.”

Steve says, “There’s so
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Kenny, Paula

Kenny, Paula

Putting On a Show
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Paula Kenny, the director of the Eptek Art and Culture Centre in Summerside, studied fine arts at university, but it was summer work at the airport that led to her first career, in the commercial airline industry. History and art remained her passion, and now in her second career, she says, “I’m getting to do what was my hobby.”

Working at the airport and
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Henry, Lynn

Henry, Lynn

Literary Connections
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Honestly,” publisher Lynn Henry assures me, “I’ve never—and I have to say this makes me somewhat unusual among colleagues—I didn’t have it in mind to be an executive at Random House.” Nevertheless, today she is the publishing director of Doubleday—an imprint of Random House, the largest trade-book publisher in the world.

“I’m very unusual in my position
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Oakie, Rob

Oakie, Rob

A Career in Music
Profile by Jane Ledwell

I’ve always had a passion for music,” says Rob Oakie. He came to PEI in 1975, left in 1980, and came back again with his family in 1993. “When we came back,” he recalls, “we always felt there was an incredible music scene, but we didn’t really have a way to connect.” The first year Rob and his wife volunteered with then-fledgling PEI Music Awards, they
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Laprise, Renée

Laprise, Renée

In a Creative Space
Profile by Jane Ledwell

Don’t try to ease me into something,” warns artist Renée Laprise with a laugh at the beginning of our interview at MUSE ArtSpace on Charlottetown’s Euston Street, “I like to get thrown in.” MUSE is the pool she’s thrown herself into, to sink or swim, these days—a space for self-expression, with an art gallery space, chairs to linger in, and enough space
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