Ian Weir is a stage and radio playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. Born in North Carolina, he was raised in Kamloops, and worked as a newspaper reporter before completing a BA in English at the University of B.C. and an MA in Medieval Literature at King’s College, London. Weir wrote plays for Western Canada Theatre Company in Kamloops that connect with the history of the city including Flyin’ Phil and The Mclean Boys (see entry on Phil Gaglardi and Donald Mclean) and the Award-wining The Idler in 1987.
Over the past fifteen years Ian has written extensively for television with more than 100 episodes for nearly two dozen series in Canada and the U.S., including Beachcombers, ReBoot, Flashpoint and Arctic Air. Awards include two Geminis, four Leos and a Writers’ Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award.
Ian lives in Langley, B.C. with his wife Jude and their daughter Amy (from Weir’s website and Small Cities interview).
Through his professional designation as a provincial court judge, Terry has given to society. His other titles prove his extraordinary commitment to the community. Founding chairman of the Crisis Centre, trustee for Big Brothers, founding and honorary life chairman for Western Canada Theatre Company, and an instrumental member in the construction of the Sagebrush Theatre, he is an asset to many in the Kamloops area. It is abundantly clear that Judge Shupe has given our province so much more than twenty-five years as a trial judge. His past accolades reflect a passion for the arts and his fellow community members. His latest endeavors involve traveling to countries in strife, and mentoring judges. The Independent Judicial Commission cites Judge Shupe’s contributions as ‘exemplary’. In his spare time, Judge Shupe has taken up the hobby of woodworking. Truly representative of his nature, the wooden toys and furniture he creates are then donated to Christmas Amalgamated. (From website)
I started out as a solo performer at the age of thirteen, at high school assemblies, and coffee houses, loved choir, and drama class. My guitar was my best friend. After high school I taught guitar, went to modeling school, won a beauty contest, broke all the rules, sang radio jingles, made people’s spines tingle, duos, bands, college and babies, recording, performing, releasing, dancing, and dreaming of a better way a brighter day. It doesn’t stop, and the music never goes away. My sister bought me my first guitar at the age of 12. It changed my life, gave me the vehicle to start writing songs. So there I would be, locked in my bedroom, writing songs about things that I had a hard time talking about. I think that music is playing all of the time, all around us. We need to only tune in. There is not much thinking involved, it’s more of a listening. (From website)