Valerie St-Arnaud: Turn your Palm Towards the Light – e101s3

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Todays Show is with Founder and owner of Calling Mountains Productions, Valerie St-Arnaud. Growing up in Quebec offered a wealth of inspiration but as she grew older there was always something calling her away from the city lights and when she arrived in Whistler, BC in 2013 she realized it had been the mountains all along. Valerie has her degree in Communication and Marketing from the University of Ottawa specializing in media studies. In 2012 she won the Ottawa international film festival and that’s when her passion for film started. She is known to bring the feels right to your screen. She is passionate about her art form but even more about her clients. You will find her capturing memories and chasing the light in and around the Sea to Sky corridor. The mountains called her here and now she is returning the favor. See you in the mountains… They are calling!  

some of Valerie St-Arnaud’s work

BREAK THREE: (5:38) let’s just dig into this a little bit. This was in 2012 the criteria for the submissions are things like, must be live streaming (no download required) language (English and French or French with subtitles), presentation copies, your typical deadlines, transportation and insurance to ship materials, selection process, now if you’re selected your requirements for type of file, sound quality, bios, photos, payment for submission, renumerations, and the different juries things like short film, international and children’s which are judged by children, pretty cool hey. We get into more detail about this shortly..

More of Valerie’s work…can’t you feel the emotion in these photos?


BREAK FIVE: If you haven’t listened to my episode with Valerie Butters do, she is so casual and creative. Also Pemberton is located in British Columbia approx 160km from Vancouver, only 25km from the beautiful ski resort Whistler. This place is for people who love winter for the snow sports, cross country skiing, back country skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling and more…that fresh mountain air, can you just feel that – my favourite feeling is that!

BREAK SIX: I originally interviewed Valerie St Arnaud back in April of this year so at the start of covid here in Western Canada…we did the interview over Skype, she in her tank top, and ball cap, me in my favourite chair sitting cross legged…wanting to know her secrets to film, photography and creating these incredible memories in still and motion…

BREAK SEVEN: the basic rules for operation of a drone when you don’t have a licence – which is most of us – the drone must be under 250 grams in weight, there’s very specific areas that you are allowed to fly this tiny vessel so check your local regulations – Val here is so much to have someone who’s fully liscenced to help her with her videos as when you take the time to stop by you’ll be amazed at what she captures.

BREAK EIGHT: did you catch that slight tip she gave us – is you shoot your image and it’s blown out or too bright because of the sunny day…change it to black and white and voila you have a great photo! 

BREAK NINE: chasing the light is her motto – did you catch that tip put the palm of your hand and if it shows shadows move until the light is brighter – boom you got good light on your subject! 

BREAK TEN: get confidence, get creative and gain confidence..

BREAK TWELVE: wow what a story. You know I think this is something that we all need to hear, even tho we are here to do a job weather it be me podcasting or this Val in her specialty we will run into people that are critics and want to be heard in an opposing manner. Life is full of stories and here’s one that had made it’s mark on Val – she will always remember this women, who in the end gave Val more strength in the end to own her craft.

BREAK FIFTEEN: It seems so long ago when I interviewed her – and we are still even more heavily effected by the corona virus. Obviously the wedding photographers will be effected and who wanted to have a wedding with the new rules of just 10 people at this very moment in Nov when I wrote these show notes.

BREAK SIXTEEN:  if you’re not a wine drinker you can skip this part…but BC is known in canada for their amazing wines, grapes like no other place in canada and their wines have a special classification of wines with distinction meaning 100 percent of the grapes come from bc – which is incredible and shows the abundance of the volume of grapes available for these saught after wines.

BREAK SEVENTEEN: she has so much depth to her personality, lives life to the fullest and captures so many memories for herself and her clients. She’s diverse running her business that crossed many business types, she’s smart and grounded. Yep we could be friends…

FIND HER SHOW LINKS and pictures of the images we chatted about today – check these out!


Bonding river media – first nations media recording languages

End – well that was such a refreshing interview, she’s so lively and neat to speak with, I can’t wait to interview her again, saving the indigenous languages…

Lilwat Home – First Voices

As always visit my show notes for the images and links to this awesome guest Valere St.- Arnaud from Pemberton British Columbia and check her our instagram page of Calling Mountains and her website

Until next time, where a mask…

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100th Episode: I Cast a Spell on The Moon – e100p4s3

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Hey everyone, it’s Valerie here in this second to last episode we are diving into authors and great books, more Valerie’s and truffle popcorn…my side hustle into Audiobooks, whiskey samplers, and an introduction to my new theme…which is still so fitting EAT READ and CREATE…enjoy this episode

Episode 63&64&65 – Clare C. Marshall wrote Sparkstone Saga A collection of books set in Alberta everyone has special powers and Clare, read for us with her amazing spirit and up beat attitude she was so fun to interview! A 3 part episode.

Episode 66&67& 68 – Valerie Flexual This was a 3 part show, and man did we have fun, she’s is such a neat person, with a larger than life persona – her IG has like 20,000 pictures – she bares all, cleans up the earth every. single. day. and is so genuine.

Episode 69 & 70 – Truffle Popcorn, and my choice is better! One day while I was working away…I missed lunch and my friend Jenny brought me a plate of this popcorn…the rest is history. Join my hubby and I on our day date to this place, Sauce!

Episode 71 – You Don’t Need to Be Like Them Another interview with an incredible Valerie, she’s honest and passionate about helping people – all part of my Valerie Segment. She believes in people helping people.

Episode 72 & 73 &74 – Whiskey Samples & the God’s Chair a mountain and a book Interview with Constance Varga and her incredible book, The God’s Chair…about a boy who turns 16, & a girl Hanna, set in Transylvania…we read, we sample some old whiskeys and enjoy this mystical story. 3 part episode.

Episode 75 – When the Moon hit’s your eye like a BIT pizza pie… a great pizza joint and nice day with my fam jam in Inglewood – worth a stop! Disco ball and black and white movies playing on a projector – lots of stairs to climb and good food.

Episode 76&77 – Valerie Valdivia, Uncanny This Valerie fits into my Valerie Segment perfectly because she’s so creative with her drawings, she drew a perfect sewing mouse complete with a thimble top hat…she’s worth the listen, 2 part episode.

Episode 78 – Chants – Spells and Witches One of my first audio books, Wicca for Beginners, I loved learning all about the myths, paganism and this nature based religion…like Halloween was originally call Sanheim, great listen.

Episode 79-80-81 – Secret of the ‘V’ This was a 3 part episode where I sit down with an old client turned friend, Valora Douglas to talk about being Vals’ – her fancy girly room, her books and more!

Episode 82 – Ornaments – Recipes – Chain Letter! The close of Christmas for 2019, new traditions like tree ornaments, I wrote a chain letter but didn’t get it back…worth- a try, my favourite recipes from The Best of The Best and more cookbook…and a trip!

What did you think of part 4 of this look back isn’t it fun to get to know the Valerie’s – me dabbling into this audiobook world, interviewing local authors and their stories to tell, I just loved this part…so many good memories sort of like an audio scrapbook…

Next week, for our final part, we are closing in on the final 20 shows of my podcast the newest shows, shows that you likely still remember hearing me tell these stories…my new theme, giveaways, interview with a famous Writter and more…

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100th Episode: A Daughter with the Blues – e100p3s3

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Hey Everyone, it’s Valerie here, today’s show is part 3 in our count up to 100 episodes, in this show today our snippets will include, a vet, a rude lady, my bday episode, a crazy story about quilters that don’t include quilting and by far my most commented show…I’m a daughter without a mother a heartfelt episode…enjoy the show!

Episode 42 – Housekeeping Promo Think a 96 year old cat, a rude lady, messy body, gravely voices, court hearing, round food, rectangular food and an absent Mother. Playing with little compilations for a recap episode.

Episode 43 – Vets To Go Review My old cat takes centre stage in this episode getting a check up right here on my kitchen table with a lovely caring Vet. This is my daughters favourite episode.

Episode 44 – Colour Me Mine This is one of our ‘go-to’ favourite things to, spend the day away painting…there was however a visitor that came into the store – disrupting everyone by her comments, she was so rude!

Episode 45 – Thank you Episode Such a beautiful comment that I had to share from the Owners of the Colour Me Mine location we attended (artwork updated – website updated)

Episode 46 – Mental Health Challenge Winner Seems like an oxymoron but I did win this challenge and with that I received an awesome gift from stress – all sorts of body products to make you feel good. A heartfelt true story.

Episode 47 – Happy Birthday Valerie’s Variety Pod WOW it was my first birthday episode and the storytelling continues – did you know 6 million people share your birthday?

Episode 48 – Tenshi Sushi Say this 3 times fast, this stop is incredible, some really great and unique sushi options – if you need to pee, the hallway is pretty creepy…just staying

Episode 49 – OeB Review OeB stands for Over Easy Breakfast and has made it’s mark on the city as an awesome breakfast location with ‘boxed’ items, great crepes but the price is up there. The restaurants are beautifully decorated – worth a stop!

Episode 50 – Una Pizzeria + Wine Review The best pizza in Calgary with a great past – wicked wedge and good staff and wine – all round great stop!

Episode 51 – I’m a Daughter without a Mother This episode has the most comments, it’s a thought provoking show about my life with my mom…get the tissues

Episode 52 – The Courtroom My experience with an affidavit, two cases I watched over and ours – did we win or lose…

Episode 53 – The Best Bread About 5 years ago I stopped buying bread and started making it and this has continued each week a make 1-2 loaves of bread, in my cuisinart bread machine…here’s my go to recipe.

Episode 54 – Brekkie Cafe Our experience in this great breakfast place, avocado toast, great London Fogs and more a must stop!

Episode 55 – The Messiest Body Scrub – BUT it’s worth it! I probably use this body scrub once a week, coffee and…

Episode 56 – A Quilters Story I was just with a group of women heading off to quilt but the stories of jail, son, daughter, shot, and scalded made me pause and take note.

Episode 57 – The Blues Can Join me for a night of gravelly voices, bass and dancing feel the vibe through his behind the scenes tour!

Episode 58 – Calgary Stampede The greatest outdoor show on earth and we of course celebrated with our little person, crowds, rodeos and so much more!

Episode 59 – Cre&tive Hair A hairdresser we’ve been going to for years, Donna is the main gal and a great lady, here’s a behind the scenes tag along in my experience.

Episode 60 – Crazy April Snow Day A story describing an awesome photo my husband Jeff Moss took and I just love…what do you see?

Episode 61 – Point Sushi Think sushi wizzing by on bullet trains beside your arms, ordering on iPads – so fun!

Episode 62 – The Valerie Series I love my name and I don’t know any Valerie’s so I went on the hunt…me, I’m up first get to know me, the person behind this PodCast!

Wow what an episode, what was your favourite snippet from this batch of 20 shows? The gravelly voices, the fair, or all of our sushi week we dive into part 4 as we pay tribute to the last 100 shows..think interviews.

A Daughter with the Blues
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The show music is call ‘Girl’ by Text me Records and Leviathe

The cover art, storytelling and production is by me, Valerie Moss.

Stay Tuned for the next season, season 3 on Valerie’s Variety Podcast with your host me, Valerie Moss from Studio 17