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May 2013 Archives

Friday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Lay Down" by the Brothers Dube, from the album One
  • "Things We Didn't Choose" by Rob Lutes, from the album The Bravest Birds

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Diane" by Wind-Up Radio Sessions, from the album Yeti Sounds
  • "Smoke on the Caravan" by Zoot Sims, from the album Somebody Loves Me

Between 5 & 6:

  • "No Good Woman" by Elise Legrow, from the album Elise Legrow

Political panel, May 31: more on Duffy and the senate scandal

The Senate Scandal showed no sign of losing steam this week...From Tom Mulcair putting on a "Perry Mason" like performance, to actual actors storming out of the public gallery, the House of Commons provided no shortage of theatrics. We also learned of a 2009 email in which newly nominated Senator Mike Duffy seemed to inquire about perks for an expanded role in the Conservative Party.

 

To guide us through the week that was in federal politics, we've assembled our political panel --Rob Russo and Julie van Dusen.

 

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Poet Lorna Crozier on a writer's life

Crozier_Lorna.jpgPoet Lorna Crozier has published more than 15 books and has been well-rewarded for her evocative works, with a Governor General's award, a Canadian Author's Association award, an honorary degree...But Crozier still remembers the thrill of having her first collection reviewed by Margaret Laurence, so it's fitting that she's in town to deliver the 2013 Margaret Laurence Lecture, organized by the Writers' Trust of Canada.

 

 

 

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Thursday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Sundown" by Gordon Lightfoot, performed by the Capitol Beat
  • "Take My Heart" by Melissa Payne, from the album Take My Heart

Between 4 & 5:

  • "I Want You" by Tom Waits, from the album Early Years, Vol. 2
  • "Exit Music" by Brad Mehldau, from the album Songs

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Who's Watching You" by Imaginary Cities, from the album Fall of Romance
  • "The Boat" by Mehdi Cayenne Club, from the album Na Na Boo Boo

Robert reviews Epic

An epic film, or an epic failure? Here are Robert Fontaine's thoughts on the film Epic.

 

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Softball makes its pitch for an Olympic return

mackin.JPGThe Canadian national softball team began its training camp a week or so ago. But yesterday, officials with the sport had all eyes on the 2020 season. The International Olympic Committee plans to add a sport to the 2020 Olympics, and yesterday it voted on a shortlist of three sports: wrestling, squash and a combined pitch from baseball and softball. But only one will make the cut for 2020.The I-O-C makes its final decision in September.

 

Softball got dropped from the Olympic roster after the 2008 summer games. And Robin Mackin pitched for Canada at those games in Beijing. These days she's an assistant coach with the University of Ottawa's varsity team, as well as a volunteer with an Under-14 girls team in Stittsville, and she joined us to make her pitch for softball at the Olympics.

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Wednesday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Breathing Underwater" by Metric, from the album Synthetica
  • "Shakin' the Blues Away" by Tony Bennett

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Ontario" by Express & Company, from the album Ontario

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Scrap Metal Blues" by Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley, from album Scrap Metal Blues

 

Step Afrika! at Children's Festival

 

Step Afrika! plays percussion using their bodies. Tuesday, May 30 is the last day to catch them at the Ottawa International Children's Festival. Troupe members Brian McCollum and Talibah Aquil stepped into studio to tell Giacomo more about this African-American dance form.

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Edward Burtynsky on oil

burtynsky oil.jpgFor a dozen years, photographer Edward Burtynsky immersed himself in oil. With his camera, he documented how we produce, distribute and use the energy source. The oil-fueled adventure led him everywhere from oil sands to a trucker's jamboree to a ship-breaking operation.

 

This week, Burtynsky parks his oily collection of large-format photography at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Edward Burtynsky's Oil opens on Friday, and runs until September, and the photographer joined us in studio with a preview.

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D is for Dinner: a sampling of cheese

BLdPaWQCMAEgCfx.jpgIn anticipation of the Great Canadian Cheese Festival in Picton, guest host Giacomo met up with a cheese sommelier. Vanessa Simmons introduced us to some of the cheese offerings from local producers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday's show - links, info & music

  • You can watch the live panel on childhood obesity, featuring the Obama administration's former director of the Domestic Policy Council, starting at 4:30 over at Canada 2020
  • More info on the Wakefield raft here
  • "Le Party," the Ottawa Art Gallery's annual auction event, is on Thursday

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "You Never Need Nobody" by Lone Bellow, from the album Lone Bellow

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Can't Come Back" by Scarlett Jane, from the album Stranger
  • "Lullaby for Lagos" by the Whitefield Brothers, from the album Earthology
  • "My New World" by Dale Murray, from his album Dream Mountain Dream

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Le Baiser" by Jorane, from her album Une Sorciere Comme Les Autres
  • "Red-Winged Blackbird" by James Keelaghan, from the album Home

Monday's show - links, info & music

  • More info about free Wi-Fi on STO buses
  • You can find out about this week's convergence of Venus, Jupiter and Mercury over at the Night Sky Guy
  • Justin McKenna, who suffered a serious head injury, now volunteers at his old high school, St. Thomas Aquinas in Russell, and founded the foundation The Brain Matters
  • Tonight's community meeting for the Britannia Woods and Michele Heights neighbourhoods takes place at 6 at the Michele Heights Community Centre

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Little Numbers" by Boy, from the album Mutual Friends
  • "Isn't this a Lovely Day?" by George Shearing, from the album Breakin' Out
  • "Ghosts" by Motel Raphael

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Weight of the World" by Lauren Mann, from the album Over Land and Sea
  • "Family" by Daniel Wesley, from the album Daniel Wesley

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Cost is Too High Not to Love" by Adaline, from the album Modern Romantics 

A story of brain injury recovery

justinmckenna.jpgThis month was a difficult one for rugby players and coaches in Ottawa. Their community lost Rowan Stringer, a high school team captain who died at 17 after suffering a head injury during a game. And through the CBC's discussions with rugby coaches about safety and head injuries in the days afterward, we came across a remarkable story. A coach at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School in Russell introduced us to a student named Justin McKenna, whose own brain injury survival is turning into a source of inspiration at his former school. All in a Day's Susan Burgess visited the school and brought us back Justin's story.

 

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Friday's show - links, info & music

  • Brenda Baird, psychology prof at the University of Ottawa, and Mehmet Yilmaz, teacher at Terry Fox elementary, are two of the winners at this year's Capital Educators' Awards
  • Info on Ottawa Race Weekend, including road closures, available here
  • Andree Cazabon is the Ottawa filmmaker planning to send interested Canadians to the KI reserve -- more info here

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "All Boats Don't Rise" by Loon Choir, from the album Fire Poems
  • "Coming Home" by Amos the Transparent, from the album Goodnight My Dear...I'm Falling Apart

Between 4 & 5:

  • "If You Could Read My Mind" by Gordon Lightfoot
  • "Sweet Thing" by Thom Swift, from the album The Fortunate Few

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Lesson in Everything" by Lynn Miles, from the album Downpour
  • "Down the Road" by Amanda Bon, from the album Down the Road

Political panel, May 24: The senate scandal that keeps on giving

If you're the Prime Minister, the weekend couldn't have come faster. Earlier this week Stephen Harper's first speech addressing the senate spending scandal wasn't exactly what people were demanding...A couple of days later, his tone seemed to change, when he answered questions from reporters, including why he waited 5 days before accepting the resignation of his Chief of Staff, Nigel Wright... Then yesterday, reporters finally caught up wth the man at the centre of the controversy, Senator Mike Duffy, who brushed off attempts to get him to explain the whole $90,000 gift of repayment thing. With a look at where all of this leaves us heading into the weekend, as well as other happenings in the world of federal politics, we were joined by our political panel.

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This guy's gonna cheer you through your marathon

race cheerer.jpegThat's Joseph Cull's chosen getup for the Ottawa marathon on Sunday. His purpose? To get runners through the last leg of their race with as much spirit as possible. Joseph runs the cheer station in New Edinburgh, and he joined us to share his best cheering advice. Also joining us was Athena Quitevis, a half-marathoner, with her advice on what kind of cheering works best on runners.

 

 

 

 

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Some officially-excellent educators join us in studio

Last night, two local teachers were among a handful to win Capital Educators Awards at a ceremony at Algonquin College. Mehmet Yilmaz teaches English and math at Terry Fox Elementary School, as well as running the robotics and video editing club. His school won the innovation award, for using technology to support learning. And Brenda Baird teaches psychology at the University of Ottawa. She was recognized for the story-telling approach she brings to her teaching. Both joined us in studio to explain their secrets to keeping students engaged.

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WIN SIGNED KARLSSON JERSEY

Button Karlsson Jersey.jpgWe know you are out there.

You're the guy with the red face paint, painstakingly applied on game day.

The friends who drove for 27 hours to get to a playoff game.

The kid who's been wearing a Sens hockey sweater every day since the team made the Playoffs.

Prove that you are the biggest, best Sens fan there is and you could be the proud owner of your very own Erik Karlsson jersey, signed by the Norris Trophy-winner himself.

Email senscontest@cbc.ca and tell us why you think you deserve the prize. Make the best case you can - photos and videos make for excellent supporting facts. 

Thursday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Falling for You" by Christina Martin, from the album Sleeping with a Stranger
  • "Clover" by Jadea Kelly, from the album Clover
  • "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall" by Ink Spots with Ella Fitzgerald

Between 4 & 5:

  • "After Midnight" by JJ Cale, performed by the Brian Browne Trio, from the album Erindale Sessions
  • Excerpt of "Every Breath You Take" by Sting, performed by 2Cellos, from the album In2ition

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Singer-Songwriter" by Aidan Knight, from the album Small Reveal
  • "Annie" by Fanny Bloom, from the album Apprentie Guerriere

Robert reviews Star Trek: Into Darkness

 

Spoiler alert: film reviewer Robert Fontaine doesn't like the new Star Trek film much, but it's awfully entertaining to hear him talk about it...

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Ottawa, meet your first-ever Fury FC coach

dos santos.jpgOttawa's new soccer team will hit the field at Lansdowne Park in 2014. They have a name, Ottawa Fury FC, and they'll be part of the North American Soccer League. And as of today, the team has its first head coach.

 

His name is Marc Dos Santos -- he's from Montreal, and a former coach of the Montreal Impact. But more recently, he's been coaching under-15 and under-20 teams in Brazil. That includes a stint at SE Palmeiras, one of the country's most successful soccer clubs - where he led the under-15 team to victory in the 2012 Brazilian Youth Championship. We reached Dos Santos in Sao Paulo.

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "You Make My Dreams" by Hall & Oates, from the album Voices
  • "Vultures" by Folly & the Hunter, from the album Tragic Care
  • "Riots of 31" by Tilda, from the album Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor
  • "Cha Hua Hua" by Pets, from the album In2ition

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Dance Cry Dance (Clean Version) by Fevers
  • "Take It Like You Give It," from the album Jazz To Soul

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Good Will" by Delta Will, from the album Transcendental Visits

 

Colin Greening aka Baby G

 

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Greening acknowledges cheers of Scotiabank crowd after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins with a goal in double overtime in Game 3. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

 

So far, Colin Greening is turning out to be the hero of the Senators series against the Pittsburgh Penguins series, but in his hometown of St. John's, Newfoundland, his friends from the hockey arena know him as "Baby G." In an effort to get to know #14 a little better, Giacomo Panico tracked down Greening's coach from his minor hockey days.

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Tuesday's show - links, info & music

  • Gaby Warren releases his debut jazz album tonight at the NAC 4th Stage at 7:30
  • We spoke to John Wannop about athletic shoe traction -- he's one of the researchers behind the study "Footwear traction and lower extremity noncontact injury"
  • Dr. Ian Colman is the lead researcher behind the CMAJ study on suicide contagion
  • "Cedar and Bamboo", an evening exploring the links between First Nations and Chinese cultures in British Columbia, takes place tonight at the Centrepointe branch of the library, starting at 7:30 (it's part of Asian Heritage Month)
  • Emily Daniels is the creator of the "otttrees" app, and Mark Laudon is the creator of the "Not in My Neighbourhood" app, and both are competing in the Apps4Ottawa contest

 

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Singing in the Shower Blues" by Gaby Warren, from the album Reflections of a Jazz Fanatic
  • "Looking Back (Reflections)/Monk's Mood" by Thelonious Monk, performed by Gaby Warren, from the album Reflections of a Jazz Fanatic
  • "Hill Country News" by Gordie Tentree, from the album North Country Heart

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Beneath the Trees" by David Picco, from the album Saturday Night, Sunday Morning
  • "Cheek to Cheek" by Bow Djangos, from the album Hot Swing & Gypsy Jazz

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Rose Garden" by Shad, from the album TSOL
  • "Two Step" by Bear Mountain, from the album XO

Suicide contagion study

There's no questioning the impact of suicide on friends and family, and when the person involved is a youth, the loss is all the more devastating. Maybe less obvious, though, is the wider fallout -- what the loss of a classmate or a friend-of-a-friend can mean for a teen's own mental state.

 

According to a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, young people who lose a schoolmate to suicide are up to five times more likely to consider or attempt it themselves. Dr. Ian Colman is the senior author of the report, and he joined us with the details.

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Harper weighs in on the senate spending scandal

mi-harper-lebreton-04461784.jpgPrime Minister Stephen Harper broke his silence on the senate expense claims scandal today. He addressed the Conservative caucus in a live media event before he left for Peru.
Harper stressed his disappointment with the conduct of his own office --  and he added he will take further steps in ensure accountability in the senate. Caucus members applauded at the end of the Prime Minister's address...While reporters hollered out questions. For more on this story we were joined by Elizabeth Thompson, senior writer for iPolitics.ca.

 

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Gaby Warren's jazz debut, at the age of 76

gabywarren.JPGGaby Warren is a self-described "jazz fanatic," one who has loved this music for decades and supports the Ottawa scene. Now, at the age of 76, he has decided to try and make this music himself. On the eve of his CD release party, Gaby joined us in studio.

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday's show -- info, links & music


Music 

Between 3 & 4:

  • "The Twist" by Chubby Checker, from the album Chubby Checker: The Ultimate Collection
  • "I've Got Dreams To Remember" by Oh Susanna, from the album Sleepy Little Sailor

Between 4 & 5: 

  • "What Are You Going to Do With Me?" by Paper Moon, from the album Only During Thunderstorms

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Obvious Water" by Silkken Laumann, from their upcoming album Not Forever Enough
  • "Take a Swing With Me" by Bharath & His Rhythm Four, from the album Friday Night Fatty

Political Panel - May 17

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The All in a Day Political Panel explores Senator Mike Duffy and that $90,000 personal cheque from the Prime Minister's Chief-of-Staff.

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Thursday's show - links, info & music

  • Team Canada plays Team Turkey in men's volleyball tonight in Ottawa and Saturday in Kingston -- more info here

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Living Wage" by Frank Deresti & the Lake Effect, from the album This Time
  • "When the Sun Comes Up" by Royal Wood, from the album We Were Born to Glory
  • "Lake Superior" by Jason Collette, from the album Rat a Tat Tat

Between 4 & 5:

  • no music

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Weh Weh" by Kae Sun, from the album Afriyie
  • "I've Got to Use My Imagination" by Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • "Read My Lips" by Melanie Peterson, from the album Unbreakable 

Robert reviews the Company You Keep

 

It's Robert on Robert...Film reviewer Fontaine assessing film director Redford's latest effort, a political thriller...

 

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The mayor responds to the idea of a Kettle Island bridge

This week, we heard about the National Capital Commission's recommendation that the Kettle Island corridor be used for a future interprovincial bridge. The bridge is needed, some studies say, to remove truck traffic from the King Edward Ave route. Residents near the Kettle Island area are against the idea of a bridge, while those near King Edward support it. And where does the city stand on the issue? Mayor Jim Watson joined us to explain.

 

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Response to the resignation of the head of Library and Archives

As the media continues to dig deeper into the expenses of Senator Mike Duffy, another institution just up the road is facing a spending scandal of its own. The head of Library and Archives Canada, Daniel Caron, resigned yesterday.

 

The controversy started when it was reported that Caron spent $4500 for private Spanish lessons. A spokesperson said Caron took the classes to have a basic ability in Spanish for international conferences. But then it was revealed Caron racked up more than $170 thousand in 2011 and 2012, for expenses such as meals, air travel and hotels.

 

His sudden resignation has many people asking: what's next for Library and Archives Canada?
James Opp is a historian at Carleton University and the co-director for the school's Centre for Public History, and he joined us with his thoughts.

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One family's amazing autism journey

Robert and family rotated.JPGWe've brought you a lot of stories lately about the huge challenges facing parents of children with autism. John Jarecsni and Susan Torrie have experienced many of them with their 21-year-old son Robert. But they've also found an amazing way to turn one of his unusual interests into something positive. Turns out Robert loves streetlights. And when they're burned out, he's passionate about making sure the city knows about it. Alan spoke with Robert and his parents about their adventures in the world of Ottawa's streetlights.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Robert's journey to lead a fulfilling, productive life as an autistic adult hasn't been easy. Alan also spoke with Robert's mother, Susan Torrie, about the system of government services for people with autism, and its shortcomings.

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Wednesday's show - links, info & music

  • See separate post on Karlsson jersey contest below
  • Also see separate post below for info on Ted Reader and his new BBQ book
  • The beer companies involved in the mayor's Sens playoff wager are Ottawa's Kichesippi beer, and Pittsburgh's Iron City Beer
  • See separate post below for info on the NACO does Led Zeppelin contest

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Dirty Old Man" by Three Little Birds

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Red River Jig" by Sierra Noble, from the album Spirit of the Strings
  • "Before I Knew" by Basia Bulat, from the album Oh, My Darling album

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Telescope" by Lennon & Maisy, from their single
  • "Communication Breakdown" by Led Zeppelin, from their self-titled album

D is for Dinner: BBQ'ing with Ted Reader

tedreader.JPGCelebrity barbecue chef Ted Reader says that he can use anything as a grill...So Alan didn't feel too bad about inviting him to his tiny little backyward and tiny little barbecue, to test one of the recipes from Reader's latest cookbook Gastro Grilling.

 

Alan says he was already a little worried because Reader's "Slash N Grill" chicken recipe called for the use of Miss Vickies BBQ potato chips, and he couldn't find them in three different stores and went with Jalapeno flavour instead. But one thing we learned in this D is For Dinner, you go with the flow...

 

 

 

 

 

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Slash & Grill Chicken Drums

Serves 6

  • 12 chicken drumsticks, plump and meaty
  • 2 tbls (30 mL) Bone Dust BBQ Spice (or other dry rub)
  • 2 tbls (30 mL) Tabasco Chipotle Sauce
  • 2 tbls (30 mL) icing sugar
  • 2 tbls (30 mL) your favourite gourmet BBQ sauce
  • 1 oz (30 mL) Red Stag by Jim Beam
  • 3 tbls (45 mL) melted butter
  • 2 cups (500 mL) coarsely crushed BBQ-flavoured potato chips

Take a sharp knife and slash the outside of the chicken drumsticks, about ¼ to ½  inch (0.5 to 1 cm) deep at most. Rub Bone Dust BBQ Spice into the drums, making sure to rub it into the slashes. Let marinate in the rub for at least an hour. If you can go overnight, the flavor intensifies.

Fire up your grill to 350-450°F (180-230°C).

In a small bowl, whisk together the chipotle-flavored hot sauce, icing sugar, barbeque sauce and black cherry bourbon. Stir it until the sugar is dissolved and set aside.

Grill chicken drums for 20-25 minutes, turning frequently, until the drums are nicely charred and fully cooked but still moist and tender. Minimum internal temperature of 160°F (70°C) should be reached.

Place all the drumsticks into a large bowl. Add the butter and chipotle-black cherry bourbon mixture. Toss. Add the crushed BBQ potato chips and toss again. Serve immediately

How about conducting the NAC Orchestra? While they play Led Zeppelin?

led zep.JPGYou may not realize it, but our classical-music-loving news editor Laurence Wall has a secret love: Led Zeppelin. Yes, really. And that's why the National Arts Centre Orchestra invited him to host special performances on May 22 & 23, when the orchestra will be performing the music of the classic rock band.

 

We've got some tickets for you, PLUS the chance to actually conduct one of the songs on stage! What do you have to do? Email us and tell us your favourite Led Zeppelin memory -- the first time you heard them, when you saw them on stage, the nights you spent listening to them as a teen...Whatever it is, email us that memory, and you could win!

Tuesday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "The Timeless Way" by Morlove, from the album Old Tomorrow
  • "No Love Enough" by DJ Champion, from the album Degree One
  • "Needle" by Born Ruffians, from the album Birthmarks

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Green Garden" by Laura Mvula, from the album Sing to the Moon
  • "One and Only" by Ruth Moody, from the album These Wilder Things

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Tongue, Teeth, Lips" by Sanctums, from the album Tongue, Teeth, Lips
  • "Bellevue Avenue" by Misteur Valaire

Meet Spezza

Thumbnail image for Spezza the Dog.jpgThe dog that is.

Alex Labreque is his proud owner. He's the guy who has driven from Wolfville, NS for the Sens season opener and proudly displays his Sens flag every day except, of course, on game days - that might jinx things. If that's not evidence of his love for his team, how this? He's already booked time off work if the Sens make it all the way.

You think you can beat his story? Email senscontest@cbc.ca and tell us what makes you the biggest, best Sens fan there is. You could win a signed Erik Karlsson jersey.

Click for more info and contest rules and regulations.


Monday's show - links, info & music

  • Dr. Curtis Lavoie will be speaking about ash trees this evening from 7 to 10 at the community room of the Ottawa Citizen building (1101 Baxter Rd)
  • Chemistry student Nick May is the 2013 Student Entrepreneur National Champion for Canada, and the creator of the Remay shave gel stick
  • More on Mirror Comics here, and a past interview with the comic company owners here
  • Mark Parisi is a Sens fan in Atlanta, who writes for Silver Seven Sens; Stuart Neft blogs about the Penguins from Pittsburgh at Penguin Poop

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Heart of Mine" by Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, from the album Kings and Queens
  • "Homecoming" by John Reischman & the Jaybirds, from the album Road West

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Run" by Amanda Bon, from the album Juniper Weekends
  • "Space Oddity" by David Bowie, performed by Chris Hadfield with help from Emm Gryner

Between 5 & 6:

  • no music

Student chemist's shave gel stick makes him a national entrepreneur champion

Nick-May.jpgThe last time we checked in with Nick May, the first-year chemistry student was getting his product into stores after inventing a solid-stick shave gel in his spare time.

 

Well, now May is a second-year student, and the 2013 Student Entrepreneur National Champion! He checked back in with us about what his win will mean for his business (and his ability to get his chemistry homework done).

 

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Friday's show - links, info & music

Rose Cousins plays the Black Sheep Inn tonight and tomorrow night (but tomorrow night is sold out!)

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Shell" by Rose Cousins, from the album We Have Made a Spark
  • "All the Time it Takes to Wait" by Rose Cousins, from the album We Have Made a Spark

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Pink Champagne" by Kathleen Edwards, from the album Voyageur
  • "My Guitar" by Liona Boyd, from the album Liona Boyd Sings Songs of Love
  • "You Drew Me Back Again" by Liona Boyd, from an upcoming album

Between 5 &6:

  • "A Pirate's Tale" by Claude Munson, from his self-titled album
  • "Sailor's Blues" by The Strumbellas, from the album "My Father and The Hunter"
  • "Everything is Sunshine" by The Hollies, from their 30th Anniversary Collection, 1963-1993

 

 

Political Panel, May 10: Anti-abortion rally and senate audit

This week, our political panel has thoughts on the anti-abortion rally on the Hill, and whether the discussion might ever make its way inside the Commons. Plus: the senate audit on out-of-town housing expense claims is in, and so is some news about our own panellist Rob Russo.
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Comic writer and artist Mike Grell comes to ComicCon

grell.JPGOf all the exciting ComicCon events and appearances, Alan seems most excited by the appearance of Mike Grell. He's a somewhat legendary comic artist and writer, responsible for the character of Green Arrow, among many others. Alan met up with Grell at his hotel.

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Thursday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Out of My Hands" by Slo' Tom & the Handsome Devils, from the album Musta Been a Pretty Good Night
  • "Long Way to Go" by Chris Antonik, from the album Better for You

Between 4 & 5:

  • no music

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Best Day" by Dala, from the album Best Day
  • "Twinkle Twinkle" by Hey Buster, from the album Yeti Likes Spaghetti
  • "Tip Toe through the Tulips" by the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain

Robert reviews the Good Lie

 

 

Film reviewer Robert Fontaine joined us with his review of a new Canadian film by director Shawn Linden, the Good Lie...

 

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Hockey on Sparks Street

Thumbnail image for DorothyChristopher.jpgOur fan bootcamp trainee worked up a sweat today! Dorothy Liang is learning to love hockey with a little help from us and some dedicated superfans. Today, Christopher Anthony was her coach. Christopher is nine years old, but he's already got years of experience playing hockey - and just as many cheering for the Ottawa Senators. Christopher, his younger brother Daniel and his mom, Sandra, took Dorothy back to the basics with a hockey lesson on Sparks Street.

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A Game of Thrones White Walker -- minus 5 hours' worth of makeup

Actor Ross Mullan can be found at the end of this clip of Game of Thrones:

 

 

Yes, Ross is a White Walker, a character that may have had only one scream as a line so far, but who requires five hours of makeup to get ready. So fans of the show probably recognize him looking like this:

 

White_Walker_2x10.jpgBut in real life, of course, Ross looks much more friendly, especially in the confines of our studio:

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Ross Mullan joined us to talk about the role that brings him to ComicCon this weekend, and his history as an actor with Ottawa's Odyssey Theatre, over two decades ago.

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Wednesday's show - links, info & music

  • The City of Ottawa web site lists all the new food trucks that are about to hit the city streets; the truck owners we spoke to are Olive Green and Royi Fruta Bar

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Big Blue Wave" by Hey Ocean, from the album Is
  • "Be with You" by David Myles, from the album In the Nighttime
  • Unmastered preview version of "Amelie" by Kalle Mattson

Between 5 & 6:

  • "What I Wouldn't Do" by Serena Ryder, from the album Harmony

Our book panel's May reads

Anne Archer discussed:

  • All that Is by James Salter
  • The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Stout

Sean Wilson discussed:

  • The Book of Job by Rabbi Harold Kushner
  • Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff

 

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Newbie food truck owners fire up the engines and the fryers

ROYI.jpegLines snaked around city hall at noon today, made up of hungry people, eager to get a taste of the city's new food trucks. There are 18 new trucks and carts set to spice up Ottawa's streets, fanning out across the city over the coming week.  Some of them are run by restauranteurs, dabbling in street food. Some are run by food newbies - people who come from the world of say, investment banking, or accounting.  We asked four truck newcomers into our studios. Wasi and Mubashir Choudhry own the Olive Green food truck. And Irene & Yuliana Quiñónez run the Royi Fruta Bar truck.

 

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D is for Dinner: a north-south battle

dins northern group.JPGLast week, Alan had the chance to be right in the middle of six chefs as they paired off at the NAC Northern Scene "North South Fusion" event. In front of a live audience, duos of chefs -- one from Northern Canada and one from southern Canada -- created a dish using ingredients from both areas, with some truly amazing results.

 

First up were Chef John Morris, the interim chef at the NAC Cafe, and Rebecca Vee Vee, known as the Laughing Chef of Nunavut, who hosts a cooking TV show in Iqaluit. They both decided to use arctic char to create two dishes at the same time: Rebecca set to work skinning and chopping with her special ulu knife, to make a char shepherd's pie, while John tried to create arctic char tartar.

 

They differed in techniqes and philosophies -- Rebecca, for instance, chose to keep all parts of the fish, and also talked to the food, which is why you'll hear her beckoning to the peas when they start rolling off the cutting board. John, on the other hand, introduced Rebecca to ingredients she hadn't tried, like chives, as they struggled to finish both dishes together. And Alan bouced back and forth from Rebecca to John, microphone in hand...

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rebecca dins.JPGRebecca Veevee's Arctic char shepherd's pie

  • Cook arctic char in cream sauce with small diced carrots and onions; add frozen peas at the last minute with a fair amount of chopped dill and chives
  • Layer the fish mixture at the bottom of an oven-proof dish
  • Add a layer of cream of corn
  • Add a layer of piped whipped potato with mozzarella cheese sprinkled on top
  • Cook in oven at high heat until cheese is browned
  • Sprinkle paprika on top

 

john dins.JPGJohn Morris' Arctic char tartare

  • Mix: dijon mustard, minced shallot, champagne vinegar, rinced & finely-chopped capers, finely diced Arctic char (skin removed), maldon salt, strained and freshly-squeezed orange juice, extra virgin olive oil, smoked & ground black pepper, orange zest
  • Serve with: juniper aioli, sweet potato chips, seedlings, dulse seaweed

Tuesday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Jenny" by Smokekiller, from the album 13
  • "What I See" by Rose Cousins, from the album We Have Made a Spark

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Heart Goes" by Tara Holloway, from the album Sins to Confess
  • "Posing in the Sun" by the Hilotrons, from the album Hilotrons

Between 5 & 6:

  •  "L'escapade" by Ingrid St. Pierre, from the album L'escapade
  • excerpt of Der Rosenkavalier by Strauss, performed by the London Philharmonic
  • excerpt of Also Sprach Zarathustra by Strauss, performed by the Berlin Philharmonic

Company of Fools' 18 actors and mystery script

WHITE-RABBIT-RED-RABBIT-FINAL-REDUCED-SIZE.jpgCatriona Leger would love to tell you what she's going to be performing tonight at Arts Court. But she can't.

 

That's because she doesn't know. Well, we mean, there is a script -- she's just not allowed to read it until she gets in front of the audience tonight.

 

It's not your standard Company Of Fools twist on Shakespeare; it's a performance of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour, dealing in part with being forbidden to leave the country. And part of the performance is that the actor performing the script gets it, on stage, the night of the show. Al Connors is the artistic director whose idea this production is, and he and Catriona joined us in studio.

 

 

 

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Yannick Nezet-Seguin bridges the Mtl-Ott divide

yannick.jpgOK, so the two events really have nothing to do with each other. But it seems especially fitting that conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin is putting orchestras from Montreal and Ottawa together on stage the same week that the two cities' teams go head-to-head in hockey. Nezet-Seguin joined us to talk about the all-Strauss program and about keeping everybody in harmony.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fan Bootcamp update

Dorothy and Sensquatch.jpgOur All In A Day Sens Fan Bootcamp is underway. Our trainee is Dorothy Liang. Until now, Dorothy hasn't taken much of an interest in hockey. But she's taken up our challenge to learn about the game during the playoffs. Her latest assignment was to interview the hairy red fan in this picture! Listen below for the result. Sensquatch did convince her to don a Paul Maclean-style moustache for the photo.

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Monday's show - links, info & music

  • Natasha Turner, author of the Hormone Diet, explained to us the health hazards of women running long distances
  • Adam Dodek is a professor of law at the University of Ottawa, and the author of the Canadian Constitution

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Shape of the World" by John Gorka, from the album Company You Keep
  • Sonata/1st Movt., Allegro by Mozart, performed by Itzhak Perlman, from the album Mozart: Violin Sonatas
  • Introduction/Sprach Zarathrustra by Strauss, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • "Cheap Souvenir" by Declan O'Donovan, from the album Declan O'Donovan

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" by Lesley Gore

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Old Blue Bridge" by the Bills, from the album Let 'em Run

Lose a tooth, score a hat trick: Papa Pageau on his son's success with the Sens

pageaufistbump.jpg"PAGEAU!" was chanted all throughout Scotiabank Place last night, as the Sens rookie score again -- and again -- and again. He lost a tooth in the process, but the Gatineau native quickly gained new fans and became a hometown hero.

 

In the stands, cheering him on, was Pageau's dad Jean. We spoke with him about how his son's feeling about his NHL debut, and that missing tooth. (Photo: Getty images)

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Friday's show - links, info & music

  • Alan's playing the part of the Wizard in Orleans Young Players Theatre's production of the Wizard of Oz this weekend -- more info here
  • The Grub Stake will be performed tonight as part of Northern Scene
  • Hollerado kicks off the Tulip Festival tonight

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "No Fool Moon" by Christine Graves, from the album Wreckless Daughter
  • "Some Day Soon" by Alexi Murdoch, from the album Towards the Sun

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Conquering Lion" by Souljazz Orchestra, from the album Solidarity
  • "Skraeling Island" by Ian Tamblyn, from the album Side by Each

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Oh Me Oh My" by Erin Costelo, from the album We Can Get Over
  • "Never Buy the Sun" by Billy Bragg
  • "Too Much to Handle" by Hollerado, from the album White Paint

Political Panel, May 3: That "unaccounted" $3.1 billion...

It happens to everyone: losing your bus-fare in the depths of a back-pack...Finding a twenty between the couch cushions after months...But it's not so common that you misplace three billion dollars.That's probably why that unaccounted-for amount -- intended for anti-terrorism efforts -- is raising eyebrows this week.

 

And those missing funds aren't the only loss the Conservatives are sweating over. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is feeling the heat as he tries to stop the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization from moving to Qatar...

 

Dissecting this and the rest of the week in federal politics, our political panel -- Julie van Dusen and, this week, Colin Horgan.

 

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Reaction to the new Ontario Music Fund

Yesterday, musicians got a bit of recognition at Queen's Park, during the budget speech...
when Finance Minister Charles Sousa introduced the Ontario Music Fund. It will be run by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and details are fairly thin at this point.

 

A release says, "The provincewide grant program would support new digital and record production and distribution of Canadian music, increase partnership opportunities, and promote Ontario's music industry in Canada and around the globe."

 

So how could that fund result in more recording and performing in Ontario? Joining us to talk about it -- Philippe Lafreniere, from SoulJazz Orchestra, who also produces other artists and performs as Phil Motion; Alka Sharma, the new executive director of Folk Music Ontario; and Jon Bartlett, who runs Kelp Records, the label for artists like The Flaps, New Country Rehab and Jim Bryson.

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Update: we put some of these questions & concerns to the provincial minister of tourism, culture and sport. Here's the response from Michael Chan.

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One wizard, many (many) Dorothys

wiz alan.JPGLast night, Alan found himself backstage, crouched behind a curtain and surrounded by mice, crows, wolves, monkeys and munchkins...

 

It was the dress rehearsal for the Orleans Young Players Theatre production of The Wizard Of Oz. Alan has a small role as the wizard -- so small that last night, the dress rehearsal, was his first rehearsal. But the rest of the cast (over 70 kids and adults) have been rehearsing for months.

That includes the Lion and Dorothy -- who in this case are related. They are Madison Bellini, who is one of many Dorothys in this production, and her dad, Randy.

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Thursday's show - links, info & music

  • Tulugak: Inuit Raven Stories will be performed on Saturday at the NAC Studio, as part of Northern Scene

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Time Bomb" by Phil Motion & the Easy Lo-Fi, from the album Phil Motion & the Lo-Fi
  • "Five-O" by Al Tuck, from the album Stranger at the Wake
  • "Richard's Reel" by James Hill & Anne Davison, from the album True Love Don't Weep

Between 4 & 5:

  • (pre-empted for Ontario budget special)

Between 5 & 6:

  • "L'air" by Louis-Jean Cormier, from the album Le Treizieme Etage
  • "What a Man" sung by Jessica Mauboy, from the soundtrack to the Sapphires 

Robert reviews the Sapphires

The Sapphires were a real-life "girl group" of Aboriginal soul singers in 1960s Australia. And a new film takes inspiration from their lives...

 

 

Film reviewer Robert Fontaine weighs in with his thoughts below.

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Wednesday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Old Emotions" by the Spoons, from the album Talkback
  • "Sun is Shining" by Bob Marley, performed by Bebel Gilberto, from the album All in One
  • "Little Birdie" by the Blue Warblers, from the album Pretty Good

Between 4 & 5:

  • 2nd Movt, Largo by Vivaldi, performed by Nadina Mackie Jackson, from the album Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerti
  • "Telephone Song" by Diana Panton, from the album To Brazil with Love

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Urugendo" by Mighty Popo, from the album Gakondo

Catwoman comes to ComicCon

 
catwoman.jpgIt was always interesting watching the fight scenes on Batman when Catwoman was involved. She'd tell her pointy-eared henchmen to start battling the dynamic duo, and then sit on the sidelines, pawing her hand through her hair and watching bemused as the WHAMM THUD SOCK battle raged on.


But there was never any doubt that Julie Newmar was in complete control of the scene. And on May 10-12 she brings that presence to the Ottawa ComicCon alongside Burt Ward, the original Robin.  Alan got the chance to speak with Newmar in advance.

 

 

 

(Photo courtesy of www.julienewmar.com)


 

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D is for Dinner: A Northern feast

genest.JPGTonight's North-South Fusion event at Northern Scene sees chefs from the north brought together with chefs from the south to see what they can concoct.

 

As a preview, Alan visited with Whitehorse chef Michele Genest, author of the Boreal Gourmet cooking column. When Alan met her in a kitchen, she was already experimenting --using morel mushrooms she brought down from the Yukon and combining it with bison from Ferme Takwana near Montebello, venison from Saslove's in the market, cream from Harmony Dairy, and butter from Sterling Creamery...All to create bison and venison with a creamy morel sauce.

 

As the garlic was starting to cook, Alan asked her what people tend to do wrong when cooking meat like bison.

 

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Morels, Calvados and Cream Sauce by Michele Genest

In the Yukon boreal forest morel mushrooms appear in number the year after a forest fire, and morel pickers, both professional and amateur, flock to the bush to harvest the bounty. In this simple but delicious sauce the Calvados (apple brandy) picks up on the mushrooms' earthy flavour, and the cream is divine. Try it on linguini -- go easy on the Parmesan -- or on moose, venison or bison strip loin or sirloin steak. Tip for cooking wild or domestic game meat: it really is best rare. Bring steaks to room temperature, season simply with sea salt and freshly-ground pepper, grill or saute over high heat one and half minutes per side and let the meat rest for five minutes before slicing. Serve in strips with sauce drizzled over top, and pass a small jug with the extra sauce.

  • 8 small to medium dried morels
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) boiling water
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) Calvados
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) soya sauce
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups (250 - 375 mL) 35% cream

Pour boiling water over the morels and soak until re-hydrated, about half an hour. Gently squeeze out the excess liquid. (Freeze the liquid for later use in soups or stews.) Slice the morels lengthwise, then crosswise into small pieces.

 

Melt the butter in a saute pan over medium-low heat, add the garlic, but don't let it brown. Add morels soon after. Saute for about 10 minutes.

 

Turn up the heat to medium, add the Calvados, stir, and when the bubbling subsides, add the cream. Be careful not to let it boil over. Cook until the cream thickens, about 10 minutes.