Thanks for your patience! We have a bit of work to do getting all the little bits put back together, but the bulk of it is here, and if you can bear with us, recovering from malicious online behaviour is not much fun, and right in the middle of a busy season for us! We have more info coming up as soon as possible! Give us a call if you notice something out of place. Cheers! Mike & Anie.
Hello Everyone, we have been fielding lots of great questions about our music series for the fall, and we do have some great stuff to announce! First, let me first thank you for giving us a bit of time off the concert hosting to get our brains back in order. We love doing it, but it is a lot of work and there just wasn’t time over the summer to make it happen. Here is what we have booked this fall and winter:
Monday, November 24 – Guitar & Banjo Workshop with Award-winning performers Cara Luft and Scott Nygaard. This is a unique opportunity for people in the East Kootenay. Cara is a Juno-awarded singer-songwriter and founding member of The Wailin’ Jennys. She’ll be showing us how to get a start playing Clawhammer Banjo. Scott Nygaard was not only the editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine for 15 years, he is also one of the great acoustic guitar players of our time. He has recorded with such acoustic music stars as Joan Baez, Chris Thile, Darol Anger, Jerry Douglas and Laurie Lewis, to name a few. He will be imparting his guitar knowledge to a lucky group of eager players. To top it all off, Cara and Scott will be giving a short, and exclusive concert to the attendees at the end of the workshop. For more info go to the Facebook Event here.
Tuesday, November 25 – The Foggy Hogtown Boys – Live at the Arts Station. We simply couldn’t fit enough people into our place to host these guys, so we sent them to the Arts Station but we’ll be helping promote the show, and printing some collectible posters to boot! Don’t wait for tickets to this great performance of Canada’s most energetic bluegrass act.
Friday, December 5th – Zachary Lucky – Returning for his second time at Clawhammer Press, Zachary is returning with a new batch of lonesome cowboy tunes, a new recording, and a 3-piece band. Don’t miss this highly underrated performer from the bald, flat prairies.
==> Holiday Break <==
January – Date TBD – The Small Glories – Cara Luft returns with her new regular duo and musical partner JD Edwards. Their collaboration has cemented into a new recording with Neil Osbourne of 54-40 fame, and tours of Europe, England, Ontario and Quebec. They now turn their attentions West and aren’t we delighted to have them back.
February – TBD – Who knows what could happen
March – Date TBD – Pharis and Jason Romero (!!) These wonderful people, and wonderful musicians, will be returning to Clawhammer after a 2 year absence. Their last show has to be one of our favourite all-time concerts. It sold out last time, and no doubt will do so again. Since their last performance here, Pharis and Jason have gone on to win Canadian Folk Music awards for Best New Act, Best New Album, as well as made two appearances on A Prairie Home Companion, a Vinyl Cafe-style show in the US that has millions of loyal listeners. In addition, they’ve welcomed into their midst a lovely little girl, Indigo who is just clearing her first year in this world, and will no doubt be a great banjo player and singer given time…
Hello Calgary. Clawhammer Press will be in town for the weekend! Come on down to Festival Hall in Inglewood and see our booth at the New Craft Coalition sale! We’ll be there with all kinds of new products and our portable printing setup.
Thanks to everyone who put in the effort to contact us and submit an application for our internship position. We will be making contact and calling everyone in some way shape or form over the next few days, and hope to have a decision by Monday. Cheers! -mike
EXTENDED: Based on a grant we received word about over the weekend, we are extending the deadline for application to Thursday, May 8th @ 12 noon. Because the grant is BC-based funding, our decision may favour BC students who are finishing and/or returning to school in BC.
Clawhammer Press has an opening for a 4 month position for an intern and summer staff person. The position is designed for a 3rd or 4th year design student, graphic artist or emerging typographer who is interested in enriching their knowledge of letterpress printing, typography, type history, as well as some of the peripherals such as creative industry ingenuity, customer service and merchandising.
The lucky candidate would start in May (exact date TBD) and begin with a 20-25 hour per week internship in May and June. Hourly wage will vary depending on experience and eligibility for subsidy grants. July and August will see the learning continue, but will shift to more hours per week with more responsibilities, including at least two weeks where the intern becomes master of the shop; overseeing all retail sales, printing projects, and daily operation of both retail shop and print studio.
Position includes 24/7 access to a well-equipped letterpress studio, and supplies at cost for your own projects. Interns with initiative may end up with products and projects for sale on commission in our retail shop.
To express your interest in the position, please forward the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
1. Your name, phone number, email address
2. Why you are interested in the position
3. A bit about yourself, your experience and your journey
4. Some samples of your work or a link to your website/CV
5. Give us an example of a problem you’ve encountered in your work, and how you solved it.
In addition, please also make sure:
• You spell everything carefully. We like good spellers.
• The email subject line reads: “Internship – Expression of Interest”
• You are entirely available from the beginning of May to the very end of August.
• You have a creative, open mind that’s ready for learning
1. What can I expect to do during my time there?
Interns can expect to everything that is required in a letterpress shop. This includes type cleaning, sorting, distributing. Sorting… lots of sorting. It can include cleaning up ink, cleaning presses and cleaning shelves. It can also include data entry, inventory, and creating lists. The upside is that it also will include extensive experience hand-setting type, creating photopolymer plates, operating flatbed proofing presses, platen presses, troubleshooting, creasing, binding, mixing ink, talking to customers, quoting, product ideation, articulation, and production. Also, anything else that we think is necessary, relevant, and will enrich your time and experience at Clawhammer. If you don’t like following instructions and doing a variety of tasks cheerfully, please don’t apply. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of time for creativity. Did we mention sorting?
2. Where will I live?
The city of Fernie is not a cheap place to live, but May is a good time to look for a home because the seasonal workers from the hill will be clearing out. We cannot subsidize your living expenses for the four months, but we can assist with looking for a place to live and helping find ways to keep your living expenses at a minimum. We have connections and may be able to find a room/board situation, or a shared accommodation depending on availability and your preference.
3. What is Fernie like?
Fernie is a resort municipality. There is plenty of recreation to be had in the area: hiking, mountain biking, swimming, live music, fly fishing, and whatever else floats your boat for summer entertainment. It’s a great place to spend a summer. The downtown core is full of boutique shops, good coffee, international cuisine, and artsy things to do and see. People move here from all over the world. You’ll like it here I promise.
4. Will I get some time off?
Yes! The hours are flexible, and we can work together to work out a schedule that works for you. We do expect you to make yourself available when we need you, and you’ll have lots of notice about when that is. Part of the reason we are offering the position is so we can take some holidays, so that is our priority. Any other time we can be quite flexible about when you work your hours for internship and/or summer staff.
5. Will we be doing this every year?
That depends. We”ve had interns before, and it”s worked well, but we haven”t had a specific position with a set purpose, so if this process goes well we may do this every year. It is certainly an opportunity that I would have liked to have when I was looking for a place to learn.
6. Are there other opportunities?
Yes… we are open to talking to you. If you have 3-6 weeks and want to come and volunteer your time as an unpaid position here, we can certainly provide that as a work placement and/or intensive learning experience. We”d basically be trading learning and use of the shop in exchange for your labour helping run the shop and learn about letterpress. We don”t have a set program but can work with people to develop something that may work out depending on the person. We”ll do this on a very limited basis, so we reserve the right to say “that”s not going to work for us right now”. We also do custom 1-3 day workshops for individuals and small groups, which is another, less intense option.
More answers will be added as we get asked by potential interns, so don”t hesitate to ask.