Opening Notes

Stung by the showbiz bug

TANYA DAVIES June 8 1998
Opening Notes

Stung by the showbiz bug

TANYA DAVIES June 8 1998

Stung by the showbiz bug

Opening Notes

TANYA DAVIES

Kim Campbell has had more than one brush with show business since she moved to Los Angeles in 1996 as Canada’s consul-general.

Last June, Noah’s Arc, a musical allegory about good, evil and the Holocaust that she and her live-in boyfriend, Montreal-born composer Howard (Hershey) Felder, wrote together, was presented at the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts.

Now, 51-year-old Campbell may be the subject of a National Film Board documentary. Michel Jones, a Canadian based in Los Angeles, is working on a film about Campbell’s rise to be Canada’s first female prime minister—and her crashing defeat in 1993. So far, the NFB has given Jones $3,000 for preliminary research, and still has not decided whether the subject deserves full-scale treatment.

In the meantime, Felder, 29, whom Campbell calls her “partner in life and arts,” has staged another show, a one-man production called Sing! A Musical Journey,

based on the story of two Holocaust survivors. It ran for four days in March at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse. Campbell says she and Felder want to rework Noah’s Arc and stage it again later this year in Los Angeles. But, she jokes, “I haven’t got a movie contract yet.” Break a leg, Kim.

Emporium

Number of new sports-oriented magazines released in North America last year, according to USA Today: 103

34,900

Number of jobs, according to Statistics Canada, in the gambling

operations 12,000 industry

* if JPIIS

y

Canadians give domestic TV shows and, especially, movies, thumbs-down, but home brew and homegrown music get thumbs-up. Feelings about the quality of Canadian goods in comparison with imports:

TV programs

Equal

35%

Better

16%

Worse

47%

Movies

Clothing

37

57

9

35

53

7

Beer

Music

35

63

59

26

3

10

1992 1997

Data collected February, 1997

Goldfarb Consultants Limited