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By MYRON LOVE

Liam Karp is also a young Winnipeg musician – but his primary focus is in filmmaking.


There can’t be many members of our Jewish community who have visited Jordan. At 25, Liam Karp has already been to that Arab country bordering Israel twice.
The first time Karp was in Jordan was when he was 14. He and his family – his parents are Morris and Marsha Karp – were visiting Israel and took a side trip to Petra.
Karp’s most recent visit last November and December was for professional reasons. He was part of the production crew filming the Canadian-made feature, “Hyena Road”, a fictionalized account of the Canadian military experience in Kandahar in southern Afghanistan. The star of the film is Paul Gross.
“We did half the filming in Aqaba in southern Jordan,” Karp notes. “The Jordanians were really hospitable. It was beautiful where we were but a lot colder in northern Jordan.”
(The rest of the filming was at Camp Shiloh.)
The former Brock Corydon student and Grant Park High School graduate’s interest in film comes naturally. Both his father, Morris, and his uncle, Carl Karp, are long time CBC producers.  
Liam studied film and theatre at the University of Winnipeg. Among the locally-shot productions he has worked on have been the movie “Heaven is for Real” and the Television series, “The Pinkertons”.
He has also done some film work in Vancouver for National Geographic.
While he says he would love to direct, he is happy do any kind of work related to film making. Right now he is in Toronto working on a Ricky Gervais film called “Special Correspondents”, that will eventually debut on Netflix.
 
After three albums,two EPs (extended play recordings), and numerous tours in eight years – punctuated by a Western Canadian Music Award in 2009 for “Best Roots Album”, Rosalyn Dennett and her sister musicians, Allison de Groot, Marie-Josee Dandeneau and Vanessa Kuzina, the ladies who formed Winnipeg Folk Group Oh My Darling, have played their last concert.

The group staged their final gig together Sunday, May 17,  at the West End Cultural Centre.
“We actually last played together two years ago at the Folk Festival,” says Dennett who moved to Toronto with her fiddle shortly after that performance. “That was my long time dream to play the mainstage at the Folk Festival.”
While Dennett has been making music in a variety of genres in Toronto these past two years, she notes that she kept in touch with her Oh My Darling band mates.
“We had all been doing other things,” she notes. “It was Allison who suggested that we do one more concert together. I was really excited about it and honoured to be asked.”

Dennett comes from a musical family. Her mother, Susan Israel, and father, Alastair Dennett, are both musicians and her mother, who plays violin, still performs with Rosalyn’s stepfather, singer/songwriter Sam Baardman. (Her brother, Isaac Dennett, also played guitar in a number of local bands.) Rosalyn herself took up the violin when she was five and her solos were a regular part of assemblies and community programs at Centennial School where she was enrolled in the Hebrew Bilingual program.
In junior high school though, she stopped playing. “I was tired of being the little girl with the violin,” she says. “I wanted a new identity.”
She went back to music in senior high school when she became friends with a musician who played Irish music. “My parents played with an Irish group for quite a while,” she says. “I began playing the fiddle. I always preferred the fiddle to classical music.”
After earning her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Manitoba, Dennett taught violin for a couple of years at the Manitoba Conser-vatory. Her introduction to Oh My Darling came when she received a phone call from Allison DeGroot to come out and jam with three other girls.
“I didn’t realize it was going to be an audition,” Dennett says.
 In the spring of 2010, Dennett quit her day jobs to become a full time touring musician.
But she says that her touring days are over for now. Two months ago, she started a new day job with Music Ontario and the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), which represents about 180 Canadian-owned independent companies from the English-language Canadian sound recording industry.
“I am responsible for membership services and recruitment,” she says. “I wasn’t looking for a full time job but this opening came up and it struck a chord with me. Manitoba Music (Music Ontario’s equivalent here) supported Oh My Darling every step of the way. So it means a lot to me being able to help other musicians.”
Dennett notes that she will still be performing evenings and weekends – but she won’t be doing much touring.
She adds that she still gets back to Winnipeg as much as she can to see family.

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