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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

WTF! Its That Union Train a Comin' - Get On Board with special guest host, Leo Feinstein



It's That Union Train A-Comin' --- Get on Board!

On Friday, February 26th... WTF! will be guest hosted by Mr. Leo Feinstein who has a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the history of that time in American history when unions were fighting for the rights of workers in an increasingly industrialized Society.


~~ A Brief Background on UNIONS courtesy of Wikipedia ~~

The origin of labor unions dates back to the 18th century and the industrial revolution in Europe. During this time there was a huge surge of new workers into the workplace and they needed representation.

In the United States... history of unions, early workers and trade unions played an important part in the role for independence. Although their physical efforts for the cause of independence were ineffective, the ideas they introduced, such as protection for workers, became part of American culture.

The labour movement or labor movement is a broad term for the development of a collective organization of working people to campaign for better working conditions and treatment from their employers and governments in particular through the implementation oflabour and employment law.

For those in the industrial sector, organized labour unions fought for better wages, reasonable hours and safer working conditions. Thelabour movement led efforts to stop child labour, and to give benefits and provide aid to workers who were injured or retired. Workers often had problems with their bosses as a result of membership in the unions.

[Canadian Unions also had a huge role in shaping our history from east (the coal mines in Cape Breton) to the West and North. All across this land unions have made a difference! - says Cindy, proud union member!]

~~~ Leo invites you to bring songs and stories about Working in Canada or anywhere around the world:

mining, farming, lumberjacks, fishing, railroading, factory work, chain gangs - actually there are no boundaries. Bring anecdotes from your own experience if you have them or stories handed down ( remember the 5 minute rule :)

And of course... songs and stories of organizing and union struggles.

It's That Union Train A-Comin' --- Get on Board!


Xo Margo


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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society.

Now in its 7th year, WTF! is primarily an acoustic unplugged open-mike session for performers of all ages in the traditional and folk music vein... singers, instrumentalists and storytellers in particular.

Co-hosted by the ever-jovial Cindy Campbell-Stone & Margo Carruthers with occasional guest hosts, WTF!meets every second and fourth Friday of the month at SPENCER HOUSE, 5596 Morris Street in Halifax where sing-a-longs are known to spontaneously erupt and laughter is always a given.

Seating starts at 6:30pm. Entertainment starts around 7:00pm and goes until 9:00ish. As always... admission is by free-will donation towards the Society's work. All proceeds from the sale of baked goods and beverages from the Spencer House kitchen will go to help support the operation of Spencer House.
Parking is available on site behind the building after 6:00pm, and on all the neighbouring

Leo Feinstein belting out a song!


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Monday, February 15, 2016

The theme of WTF:What The Folk! On February 29th will be....

Songs and stories about working : mining, farming, lumberjacks, fishing, railroading, factory work, chain gangs – no boundaries. Anecdotes from your own experience, or stories handed down (keep to five minutes). And, of course, organizing and union struggles.
Special Guest Host: Leo Feinstein

WTF! What the Folk! 
Folk Songs, Folk Tales, 
Folk Craft, Folk Lore

Every second and fourth Friday of the month from 7-9pm. Seating at 6:30.

Open Mic format (unplugged). 
All welcome: listeners; singers, storytellers, musicians (see below for performers notes).

Spencer House
5596 Morris Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Cost: Free Will Donation towards the programs of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. Creighton collection materials such as books and CDs are available for purchase. Also, visit our website.

Refreshments and baked goods for sale; proceeds from the treats go to Spencer House.

Parking is behind Spencer House after 6pm or on the side streets.

WTF! Celebrates the folk and oral traditions as well as the work of Dr. Helen Creighton.
WTF! Recognizes the value of oral history and tradition by honouring tradition bearers of the past and present, as well as, new creative works and performers.

As Helen might say: Come All Ye!

Hosted by Margo Carruthers and Cindy Campbell-Stone of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society.

WTF! Performers please note:
Sign up upon arrival - see the Host. Please sign up by 6:45.
Instruments go in the green (purple) room.
Please respect other performers and keep your performance no longer than 5 minutes including intros and conclusions. 
Longer performances may be possible but must be cleared with the Host before event starts.
You are pretty much guaranteed one 5 minute set but may be asked to do another 5 minute performance so come prepared.
The Host has the final say on the flow of the evening.
There is a house guitar to use, if you like, as well as, a music stand and stool.
It's a friendly listening crowd so don't worry, just have fun!



Sunday, February 7, 2016

WTF: What The Folk! What's Love Got To Do With It?

Hello gang,
Good grief! It's almost upon us... that day of ambivalence that we either love to hate or hate to love but can't help ourselves... that much adored and equally maligned day of big business brouhaha in February... [drum roll please] ... St. Valentine's Day. "What's love got to do with it?" you may well ask and the answer depends on who does the answering. 

In a classic book titled 
COLOUROF LOVE (1973),
J. A. Lee defined six varieties of relationship that might be labeled love.
Eros is romantic, passionate, love—what Tennov labeled limerence. In this type of relationship, love is life's most important thing. Lee said a search for physical beauty or an ideal type also typifies this type of love.
Ludus is a game-playing or uncommitted love. Lying is part of the game. A person who pursues ludic love may have many conquests but remains uncommitted.
Storge (STORE-gay) is a slow developing, friendship-based loved. People with this type of relationship like to participate in activities together. Often storge results in a long-term relationship in which sex might not be very intense or passionate.
Pragma is a pragmatic, practical, mutually beneficial relationship. It may be somewhat unromantic. A person who leans toward this type of relationship may look for a partner at work or where the person is spending time. Sex is likely to be seen as a technical matter needed for producing children, if they are desired.
Mania is an obsessive or possessive love, jealous and extreme. A person in love this way is likely to do something crazy or silly, such as stalking. The movie Fatal Attraction was about this type.
Agape (a-GOP-aye) is a gentle, caring, giving type of love, brotherly love, not concerned with the self. It is relatively rare. Mother Theresa showed this kind of love for impoverished people.

Fascinating stuff!
So... what's your relationship with LOVE
Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate romance and love and kissy-face fealty but did you know that the origins of this festival of candy and cupids are actually dark, bloody and a bit.... muddled.
So... 
for those of you who LOVE  all things muddled... 
... why not turn the theme on its head and bring a song or story that you hate to love or love to hate. Celine Dion's MY HEART WILL GO ON is a perfect example of both categories at the same time depending on your taste :)
WTF! will be positively giddy with anticipation.
Xo Margo
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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. 
Now in its 7th year, WTF!
 is primarily an acoustic unplugged open-mike session for performers of all ages in the traditional & folk music vein... singers, instrumentalists and storytellers in particular.


Co-hosted by the ever-jovial Cindy Campbell-Stone & Margo Carruthers with occasional guest hosts, WTF!
meets every second and fourth Friday of the month at SPENCER HOUSE, 5596 Morris Street in Halifax where sing-a-longs are known to spontaneously erupt and laughter is always a given. 


Come anytime after 6:30pm. Entertainment starts around 7:00

 and goes until 9:00ish. As always... admission is by free-will donation 

towards the Society's work. All proceeds from the sale of baked goods and beverages from the Spencer House kitchen will go to help support the operation of Spencer House.





Parking is available on site behind the building after 6:00pm, and on all the neighbouring streets.