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October 2013 Archives

Thursday's show - links, info & music

Here are some of the kids we talked to today about their Halloween costumes...

 

 

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...And here are those kids' principals, from First Avenue Public School.

 

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Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "They Want Blood" by Fevers, from the album No Room for Light

Between 4 & 5:

  •  "In His Cell" by Philip Glass, performed by the Kronos Quartet, from the album Dracula

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon, from the album Excitable Boy

Robert's favourite scary movies

Film reviewer Robert Fontaine today talked mainly about one film, the film that pretty much scares him the most (well, as a kid it did, anyway) -- Invisible Invaders. But here are a few more of his favourite Halloween-appropriate flicks, in no particular order, with his comments in brackets:

  • The Shining (repeated viewings procure additional pleasures)
  • The Exorcist (still packs a punch!)
  • The Birds (I was devastated when Suzanne Pleshette got pecked to death)
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre (was there ever a better "final girl"?)
  • Rosemary's Baby (creepy, creepy, creepy)
  • Repulsion (Catherine Deneuve as a psychotic killer still bothers me)
  • Hour of the Wolf (perhaps Bergman's finest film, multiple layers of weirdness)
  • Invisible Invaders (a Grade-Z laugher, but the movie that got me hooked)
  • Jacob's Ladder (creepy and disturbing, surreal)
  • Alien (what's for dinner?)
  • John Carpenter's The Thing (yuck! Rob Bottin is a genius)
  • Dead of Night (the ventriloquist segment with Michael Redgrave is unforgettable)
  • The Orphanage (a movie designed to be watched late at night with all the lights turned off)
  • The Others (disturbing)
  • The Innocents (as close to perfect as a movie can be, a masterpiece of Victorian spookiness)

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Ottawa, meet your new Maestro

alexander-shelley-naco-conductor.jpgAlexander Shelley has guest-conducted the National Arts Centre Orchestra a few times. But in September of 2015, he'll be coming to Ottawa for a much longer period, as the new music director of the NACO. He joined us for a sneak-preview chat about what he hopes to do with the orchestra once he takes the reins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cameron Carpenter at the NAC

Carpenter.jpgOrganist Cameron Carpenter is well-known for tweaking organ masterpieces, such as the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Bach - which he's performing at the National Arts Centre on October 31. And you won't have any trouble seeing him on stage, with his rhinestone boots and punk hairstyles. He spoke with Alan about re-inventing classical music, and even the organ itself.

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Cameron Carpenter also plays the NAC on November 1, at the first of the NAC's Casual Fridays events.

Wednesday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder, from the album Talking Book
  • "On My Way Back Home" by Lindy, from the album Young Waverer

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Don't Give Up on Me" by Harvest Breed, from the album Everything Changes

Between 5 & 6:

  • "Flashbulb Eyes" by Arcade Fire, from the album Reflektor
  • "Soul Station" by Animal Nation, from the album Understanding More About Nothing Than Anybody Ever Thought

D is for Dinner: a trifle from an Easy Bake oven

lbb_cov.jpgToday on D is for Dinner, we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Easy Bake Oven with lightbulb-baking enthusiast Todd Coopee, who's just published a book on the subject. Click here for his trifle recipe. And you can also join in on the fun this coming Monday, November 4th -- at Art Is In Bakery at 5:30pm, Todd will be celebrating his book launch with a contest. More details here.

 

  

 

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Tuesday's show - links, info & music

  • You can read privacy commisioner Jennifer Stoddart's final annual report here
  • More info about the Insurance Bureau of Canada's earthquake report here
  • Denise Chong's latest book is called Lives of the Family, and she's at Ottawa International Writers Festival tonight

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Let there be Horses" by Barr Brothers, from the album Barr Brothers

Between 4 & 5:

  •  "Tumbleweed" by Les Hay Babies, from their Folio E.P.
  • "Sega No Sega" by Dean Pallen, from his album Strathcona Park

Between 5 & 6

  • "Stuck" by This Is the Shoes from their album Bust
  • "Tara's Blues," by Blue Rodeo, as performed at the Ottawa International Writers Festival

Nobel laureate speaks out on Energy East

JodyWilliamsMay2010.jpgJody Williams is best known for her work to ban landmines, for which she won a Nobel Peace Prize. But she's since moved on to other projects, including an effort to halt expansion of Alberta's oilsands. She was in Ottawa this week, where she met people who live along the route for the proposed Energy East pipeline - and spoke with Alan about her concerns.

 

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Denise Chong's collected stories of Chinese Ottawans

livesfamily_r4_01linotype-tasse-1.jpgThe first immigrants who come from China to Ottawa are the focus of Denise Chong's book Lives Of The Family. She examines how families leave the Resistance War against Japan, and communist takeover, and set up often lonely and isolated homes in the unpredictable worlds of Ottawa, Perth, Smiths Falls, and Brockville. She ties together the birth of such institutions as Cathay House, the Canton Inn, the first restaurant to serve Chinese food in Ottawa... Chong joined us to talk about how she drew all this history and these experiences together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • Live performance of Blue Rodeo's "Cynthia" by Jully Black and Mike Dubue, from a CBC recording of a Blue Rodeo tribute concert

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Actual Size" by Royal Oui, from the album Forecast

 

How "Canadian experience required" may violate human rights

No job without experience, and no experience without a job.

 

It's a vicious circle many people encounter at some time in their working life - but for new immigrants, it's an especially difficult circle to escape. That's because some employers don't just want experience. They want Canadian experience. Now, the Ontario Human Rights Commission is calling that requirement a violation of human rights. The commission outlined its new policy this summer, and today, the chief commissioner, Barbara Hall, was in Ottawa to discuss it. She joined us to explain.

 

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D is for Dinner: healthy, delicious food at a cafeteria (what a concept!)

This week on D is for Dinner, we talk to chef Matthew Brearley, who has taken on the big role of making St Paul University's cafeteria both delicious and healthy -- and made with local ingredients, too. He shared his recipe for pork pie, one of the components of the caf's "ploughman's lunch."

 

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Friday's show - links, info & music

Music

Between 3 & 4:

  • "Darkness" by Rose Cousins, from the album We Have Made a Spark

Between 4 & 5:

  • "Running Up That Hill" by Kate Bush, from the album Hounds of Love
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    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Cry Me A River" by Julie London, from the album Julie London: Julie is Her Name
    • "Pick Me Up" by Kalle Mattson, from an album that's in the works
    • "Love Song To A City" by Kalle Mattson, from an album that's in the works 

    Political Panel - Oct 25

    Senator Patrick Brazeau makes allegations of backroom deals...and the Prime Minister appears on talk radio in Toronto to do damage control as the Senate saga gets stranger by the minute. Our Political Panel drops by Studio 12 with the latest on this extraordinary week on Parliament Hill.

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    Blue Rodeo and All In A Day make great music


    Here it is, folks. If you couldn't make the Writersfest show on Oct. 24, here is a hefty clip of the on-stage magic. All In A Day host Alan Neal spoke with Jim Cuddy, Greg Keelor and Mike Boguski of Blue Rodeo about the 20-year anniversary of the now-classic album Five Days in July. Alan also welcomed special guests Jully Black, Mike Dubue, Andy Maize, and Lynne Hanson.

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    Blue Rodeo frontmen Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor are no strangers to CBC All in a Day. We took a trip down to archives and discovered a treasure trove of great interviews. It's an interesting portrayal of the progression of the band. Take a listen:


    October 24, 2013: Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor talk about the release of their 13th studio album "In Our Nature".


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    February 9, 2009: Jim Cuddy on the band, romantic songs and playing in -15 degree weather.


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    November 4, 2009: Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor play cuts from their just-released twelfth studio album, "The Things We Left Behind". 


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    Thursday's show - links, info & music

    • The concert Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration featuring Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra will be live-streamed at Zola's Restaurant in Bell's Corners on Friday night at 8; call the restaurant at 613-721-0227 for reservations

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Steppin' All Over Me" by Slim Moore & the Mar-Kays, from the album Slim Moore & the Mark-Kays
    • "Holy Ghost" by Wynton Marsalis, from the album The Spiritual Side of Wynton Marsalis
    • "Cynthia" by Elise Epp, from the album Brains, Hearts and Stomachs

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "Never Too Late" by Blue Rodeo, from the album In Our Nature
    • "In the Darkness" by Blue Rodeo, from the album In Our Nature

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Love Affairs" by the Fugitives, from the album Everything Will Happen
    • "Stranger to My Happiness" by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, from the album Give the People What They Want

    Robert reviews Carrie

    Yet another remake...

     

     

    So is it worth it to see the new version of Carrie? Our film critic Robert Fontaine weighs in...

     

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    Wednesday's show - links, info & music

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Classic Car" by Steve Brockley Band, from the album Leboeuf
    • "Two Step" by Bear Mountain, from the album XO

     Between 4 & 5:

    • "Something for You" by Lindi Ortega, from the album Tin Star
    • "Another is Waiting" by Avett Brothers, from the album Magpie and the Dandelion
    • "In The Trees" by Anna Miura, from the album Babes4Breast: Canadian Artists Uniting to Fight Breast Cancer Vol. 2

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Know Where You Go" by Blue Rodeo, from the album Five Days In July
    • "He's So Fine" by the Chiffons, from the album Best of the Girl Groups Vol. 1

    D is for Dinner: Soup Sisters' Moroccan red lentil soup

    Soup Sisters is a national charity that's opening a new chapter in Ottawa this month. And so for an introduction, we invited two soup sisters in to share their recipe for Moroccan red lentil soup. You can hear their chat with Alan below, and click here for the recipe.

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    David O'Meara's Pretty Sight

    PrettySightCover.jpgThe question of "is everything changed, or the same?" permeates a lot of poet David O'Meara's work in A Pretty Sight; and in particular, whether or not art is changed even when other hallmarks of society are torn down or destroyed.

     

    "War's aftermath: no power, no water, no work. So what good is art?" he asks in a question about post-war looting in Iraq, for example. O'Meara brings all these 'clearly useful' insights to the Ottawa Writers Festival on Friday night. He joined us for a preview.

     

     

     

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    Simon Whitfield retires

    whitfield2.jpgAfter almost two decades of swimming, cycling, and running on behalf of Canada, Simon Whitfield is retiring from competition. The Kingston triathlete first captured the attention of Canadians back in 2000 at the Sydney Olympics, where, with only 200 metres left in the 10-kilometre run, Whitfield broke away from the pack and sprinted to the finish line to win gold. 

     

    He'd go on to win silver in Beijing, and was the Canadian flag-bearer in London last summer.
    Add to that 14 World Cup victories, and many other titles and top 10 finishes -- and he's credited with helping inspire a nation to take up triathlon. We reached Whitfield to talk about his career.

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    Cuddy/Keelor AIAD Writersfest Contest Winners

    When we put out a call for you to create a response to one of the songs off the iconic Blue Rodeo album "Five Days in July" - oh boy, did you deliver. From haiku to song compositions to photography, your creativity is something to behold. Check out some of the winning entries announced on CBC All in a Day, Tuesday, October 21.



    We're thrilled to have Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo back in our studios this Thursday, October 24 to talk about the release of their new album "In Our Nature". Tune in to CBC All in a Day on Thursday, October 24 after 4 to catch the interview.

    Tuesday's show - links, info & music

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Day by Day" by the Claytones, from the album Lake in the Night
    • "Midnight Rain" by the Acoustics, from the album Erie Long

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "There is Nothing" by Don Brownrigg, from the album It Takes All Kinds to Make This World, I Find
    • "Memphis Blues" by David Vest, from the album East Meets Vest

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Wasted Light" by The Belle Game, from the album Ritual Tradition

    Chef Lynn Crawford's favourite at-home recipes

    Alan Lynn.jpgOn her Food Network program Pitchin' In, chef Lynn Crawford's culinary adventures take her to far-flung places. But for her brand new cookbook, she decided to stay put. At Home with Lynn Crawford features some of the favourite recipes she makes at home for family and friends. Crawford was in town for the Ottawa Writers Festival, but joined us first for a chat.

     

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    Monday's show - links, info & music

    • The new cultural centre for Aboriginal students at Carleton is part of the Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education
    • Mel Cappe was a longtime public servant, and today he's giving a talk called "Supply and Demand" about the lack of ideas in the public service -- that takes place starting at 5:30 at the University of Ottawa's Social Sciences Building
    • More info here on the electric vehicle conference on now in Gatineau
    • More info here about Formula 1600 driver Zach Robichon

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Somewhere Near Thunder Bay" by Tony Dekker, from the album Prayer of the Woods
    • "Georgia Crawl" by Sheesham & Lotus, from the album 1929
    • "North" by Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, from the album South
    • "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "Show Me Your Eyes" by Royal Canoe, from the album Today We're Believers
    • "Taqsim Through the Mist" by Jaffa Road, from the album Where the Light Gets In

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Won't Talk About Love" by Gene Maclellan, performed by Catherine Maclellan, from the album Snowboard: The Songs of Gene Maclellan
    • "Started from the Bottom" by Drake, from the album Nothing was the Same
    • "Just Squeeze Me" by Duke Ellington, performed by Terra Hazelton, from the album Gimme Whatcha Got

    A University of Ottawa student races his way to Formula 1600 success

    Zacharie in helmet.jpgZach Robichon is a Formula 1600 race car driver. Not just that, but he's also rookie of the year, and representing Canada this week at the Ford Formula Festival. And he does it all while juggling his studies in economics at the University of Ottawa.

     

    Alan caught up with Zach recently at the U of O's gym, where he explained why exercise is important for a seemingly-stationary driver.

     

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    Is there an absence of ideas in the public service?

    A healthy balance of supply and demand is the basis for a competitive marketplace. But Mel Cappe says there's a lack of both when it comes to the marketplace of ideas inside the federal civil service. Cappe spent 30 years working for the federal government, three of those as Clerk of the Privy Council and Head of the Public Service.

     

    He's in town to give a lecture on this topic tonight at the University of Ottawa, but first he joined us in studio.

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    Friday's show - links, info & music

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "St. Patty's Present" by Mike Essoudry's Mash Potato Mashers, from the album Mike Essodry's Mash Potato Mashers

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "Nowhere Is" and "Sneak Out the Back Door" by Ron Sexsmith, from the album Forever Endeavour
    • "After All the Months We've Shared" by Zachary Lucky, from the album The Ballad of Losing You

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Heartbreaker" by Alice Russell, from the album To Dust
    • "Roots Come After Lengthy Waits" by Marine Dreams

    Political panel, Oct 18: That new EU deal, and Harper's House absence

    It was a busy return to politics this week in the House, with a throne speech centred on consumer-friendly promises and Harper's absence from Question Period because of the new EU-Canada trade deal. Joining us to wade through the whys and wherefores -- Julie van Dusen and Susan Delacourt.

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    Thursday's show - links, info & music

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Survive" by Emm Gryner, from the album Northern Gospel
    • "Smells Like Awesome" by the Flaps, from the album Again

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "I'm Good to Go" by Rick Fines, from the album Solar Powered

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Shake it Off" by Autumns Cannon, from the album Autumn Letter
    • "One More Night" by Jenn Grant, from the album Beautiful Wild
    • "Blackbird" by the Beatles, performed by Julie Michaels & Kevin Barrett, from the album She Sings He Plays

    Thoughts on the proposed victims' bill of rights

    Getting tough on crime has been a recurring theme for Canada's Conservative government, and it continued in yesterday's throne speech. The government is promising new laws to address cyber-bullying, and longer sentences for child sex offenders. It's also promising a Victims Bill of Rights, to "restore victims to their rightful place at the heart of our justice system."

     

    Steve Sullivan has spent a career advocating for victims of crime. He's the executive director of Ottawa Victim Services, and he joined us with his thoughts.

     

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    Innovative farmers and brewer win Premier's Award

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    Roots and Shoots Farm grows greens in the winter without a heated greenhouse. During maple syrup season, Cassel Brewery Company makes beer with sap instead of water. Castor River Farm specializes in gluten-free grains. All three of these Eastern Ontario producers just picked up Premier's Awards for their agri-food innovations. Alan Neal caught up with the trio. 

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    Robert reviews the first-ever film made in Saudi Arabia

    Wadjda is a new film, but already it's a remarkable achievement: a film made in Saudi Arabia (films are technically not allowed there) by a female director (women, of course, face a lot of restrictions in the country).

     

     

    Robert shared his thoughts on Wadjda in his latest review.

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    Wednesday's show - links, info & music

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Dance Me Slow" by Missy Burgess, from the album Play Me Sweet
    • "Snake Road" by Ron Sexsmith, from the album Forever Endeavour
    • "I Shall Sing" by Van Morrison, from the album Moondance
    • "Tell Me Your Dream" by Blue Rodeo, from the album 5 Days in July

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand" by Primitive Radio Gods, from the album Rocket

    Between 5 & 6:

    •  "Cold Sand" by Teen Daze, from the album All of Us

     

    Sens' owner on the team's future, this season and beyond

    ottawa-senators-logo.jpgOn the eve of the Ottawa Senators' first home game, Sens owner Eugene Melnyk talked with us about his hopes for the upcoming season, how to build a winning team, and the Sens' financial future.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Tuesday's show - links, info & music

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Share the Moon" by Indigo Girls, from the album Beauty Queen Sister
    • "Angelie" by Fevers, from the album No Room for Light
    • "Four Black Sheep" by Martha Wainwright, from the album Come Home to Mama

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "Hasn't Hit Me Yet" by Blue Rodeo, from the album 5 Days in July
    • "Road Mortlach" by Fish and Bird

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Another Tomorrow Again" by The Sadies, from their new album Internal Sounds
    • "Over Land and See" by Lauren Mann, from the album of the same name

    Get creative for All in a Day's Blue Rodeo contest!

    The big news is that Jim Cuddy and Blue Rodeo will be joining Alan on stage at the Ottawa International Writers Festival.


    They'll be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the album Five Days in July -- examining the places, characters and emotions that inspired the record. And you can win tickets by doing a little re-examining of the songs yourself.


    Here's what you need to do:
     

    First: Pick any song from Five Days in July. One thing you'll notice is that the songs usually are told from a pretty clear point of view... and usually feature a narrator talking to someone. YOUR job is to write or create a short piece of any kind: a song, a monologue, a piece of prose, a photograph -- it just has to be told from the point of view of the OTHER character in the song.


    For example, maybe it's the person Jim calls up from the restaurant in "Bad Timing"...
    or maybe the P.O.V. of the waiter in that restaurant... Or write us something that tells us the side of the story of the titular character in "Cynthia"... Or maybe bring us the voice of the woman with the stolen bags and the camera on her arm in "Photograph"... Or the other half of the couple writing names in the sand in "Five Days In May."

     

    Bring us a different point of view from ANY of the songs on the album. Be imaginative!!


    It can be a song, a poem, a photo, a dramatic scene, a (very) short story, a monologue... But please keep it short.

     

    You just have to send us your entry by Friday Oct 18 at 11:59pm to allinaday@cbc.ca

     

    You could be off to see BLUE RODEO at Writersfest with Alan October 24th!

     

    Official rules and regulations here.

    Tibetan Resettlement Project film fundraiser

    Thumbnail image for Himalayas.jpgA visit from the Dalai Lama in 2007 - and his conversation with Prime Minister Stephen Harper - paved the way for a thousand displaced Tibetans to come to Canada. Ninety of them will be coming to Ottawa between now and 2016, with a lot of help from a local group that's raising money to support them while they get settled. Alan spoke with two volunteers from the Tibetan Resettlement Project Ottawa about their fundraiser on October 15th - a screening of Prince of the Himalayas, a version of Hamlet set in 7th century Tibet.

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    All in a Day will be back on Tuesday, Oct. 15

    turkey dinner.jpgThanks and enjoy the long weekend!

    Friday's show - links, info & music

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Ways to Enchant" by Delta Will, from the album Transcendental Visits

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "La Courte Echelle" by Ingrid St Pierre, from the album L'Escapade

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Bad Timing," "Cynthia," "Photograph" by Blue Rodeo, from Five Days in July
    • "I Can't Stand It" by The Split, single

    Marg Delahuntey, aka Mary Walsh, surprises Jim Watson

    Mary Walsh.JPGThis was the scene earlier today on Sparks Street: Marg Delahunty, surprising Ottawa mayor Jim Watson as he introduced the 2014 Cracking up the Capital festival. Marg Delahunty is, of course, the alter ego of Canadian comedienne extraordinaire Mary Walsh.... known for her role on CBC's This Hour has 22 Minutes.  Walsh wasn't just in Ottawa to chat with our mayor.  She was also here to promote next year's festival - which is about laughter and raising funds for mental health programming.  Mary Walsh dropped by All in a Day's studios.
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    Thursday's show - links, info & music

    • Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute, is speaking at 5:30pm today in Carleton University's Robertson Hall
    • Nick May, who appeared on Dragon's Den last night, is the creator of the Remay solid-form shaving gel
    • See separate post for more info on the All in a Day writersfest songwriting event, or click here for tickets & info

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "On the Mend" by Silkken Laumann
    • "Cry Love" by John Hiatt, performed by Belle Starr, from the album Belle Starr
    • "Cannonball Rag" by Lenny Breau, from the album Hallmark Sessions

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "5 Days in May" by Blue Rodeo, from the album 5 Days in July

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins)" by Shad, from the album Flying Colours

    Robert reviews Parkland

    Parkland is another attempt to tell the story of the assassination of John F. Kennedy ...

     

     

    ...And you can hear film reviewer Robert's thoughts on it below.

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    All in a Day songwriter's event at writersfest...Featuring Blue Rodeo!

    Br-fivedays.jpgFor a few seasons now, Alan's been curating a songwriters' circle-style event at the Ottawa Writers Festival. And this season it's extra-special -- Alan's guests on October 24th will be Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo! Read more info and get your tickets here.

    Ottawa entrepreneur Nick May convinces the Dragons

    nick may dd.jpegLocal chemistry student Nick May has been on our show before, talking about his success with his invention of a solid-form shave gel. Now he's got even more support under his belt, with a successful turn on the show Dragon's Den last night. Nick joined us for an update.

     


     

     

     

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    Wednesday's show - links, info & music

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Phoenix" by Sarah Harmer, from the album I'm a Mountain
    • "Ton Amour est Passe de Mode" by Les Soeurs Boulay, from the album Le Poids des Confettis

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "Soul Food" by Cyndi Cain, from the album Soul Food

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "I Wouldn't Dance" by David Myles, from the album In the Nighttime
    • "My City of Ruins" by Bruce Springsteen, from the album Rising

    Michael Ignatieff on winning & losing in politics

    ignatieff book.jpgMichael Ignatieff has a new book out, Fire and Ashes, where he reflects on his time as Liberal leader. He joined us in studio, where Alan asked him about both assigning and taking blame for his successes and failures.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Mayor Watson on his master plan for transportation

    Today Mayor Jim Watson unveiled his plan for city transportation in the near future -- rail, roads, cycles and pedestrians are all included. You can read it here, and listen to Alan's conversation with him below.

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    D is for Dinner: sauerkraut

    sauerkraut-juniper-farm.jpgThis week, in the spirit of Oktoberfest, we're serving up homemade sauerkraut courtesy of Jen Coorsh, official sauerkraut maker for Juniper Farm. Click here for the recipe.

     

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    Tuesday's show - links, info & music

    • The two Kickstarter campaigns we talked about were a reboot of River City Ransom by Conatus Creative, and Nelvana of the Northern Lights by Hope Nicholson
    • If you're interested in joining the bone marrow registry, and possibly helping out a friend of the Crazy Horse bar owners in the process, stop by the bar (115 Roland Michener Bar in Toronto) tonight between 6 and 8

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "What You Are" by Patty Griffin, from the album Silver Bell

    Between 5 & 6

    • "Ohh My" by Young Running, from the album Coming Home
    • "Groovy Grubworm" by Harlow Wilcox & The Oakies

    Pipeline controversy

    There's a good chance you've never heard of Line 9. It's an oil pipeline that runs just north of the 401, and parallel to it, including in eastern Ontario. Enbridge would like to reverse the flow of that pipeline and increase its capacity, to carry crude oil from the Alberta oilsands to refineries in Montreal. The plan has its critics, however - including people concerned about the potential for a major spill. The CBC's Kate Porter talked to Alan about the Line 9 controversy.

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    Local researchers react to this year's Nobel Prize for Physics

    Physicists.JPGPeter Higgs and Francois Englert of Belgium won the Nobel Prize for Physics this week. They predicted the existence of the so-called "God particle" - also known as the Higgs boson particle - that explains how elementary matter attained the mass to form stars and planets. While Higgs and Englert are getting the prize, researchers around the world have been working on this for years. Alan spoke with three of them here in Ottawa.

     

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    Monday's show - links, info & music

    • More info about the "pixels for pistols" gun amnesty program here, or call 613-236-1222, ext. 7300
    • Robert J. Sawyer is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "My Friend" by Paper Lions, from the album My Friends
    • "Just Like Lightnin'" from the album Super Colossal

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "The Wire" by Haim, from the album Days are Gone

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Little Birdie" by the Blue Warblers, from the album Pretty Good
    • "End of an Era" by the Strumbellas, from the album We Still Move on Dance Floors 

    October book panel

    Sean Wilson's picks:

    • The War that Ended Peace by Margaret MacMillan
    • Extraordinary by David Gilmour

    Ann Archer's picks:

    • Minister without Portfolio by Michael Winter
    • Longbourn by Jo Baker

    Robert J. Sawyer's lifetime of looking forward

    robert sawyer.jpgRobert J. Sawyer has written 22 science fiction novels, and each one seems to rack up acclaim and awards. He's the only Canadian to ever win all three of the world's top awards for science fiction, and this weekend saw him pick up his seventh Aurora Award for best Canadian sci-fi, but this award was a little different from the others...It's the first-ever lifetime achievement Aurora Award. He joined us in studio to celebrate.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Friday's show - links, info & music

    It's our all-comedy spectacular! All of our guests this afternoon are connected to the Canadian Comedy Awards & Festival, happening right now and all this weekend in Ottawa.

    We talked to:

    ...And singer/songwriter Andrew Vincent.

    Alan Thicke on his multi-disciplinary comedy career

    alan thicke.jpgAlan Thicke we all know from his lead acting role on Growing Pains...But he's also a writer, musician and more...Alan's in town for the Canadian Comedy Awards & Festival, and he joined us in studio.

     

     

     

     

      

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    Comedic writers reflect on writing funny

    Behind every great sitcom or web comedy or late night talk show host...There's usually an equally great writer. Historically, writers have tended to be the unsung heroes of the comedy world: toiling away behind the scenes, churning out witty dialogue and plot twists without much fanfare...But is that all changing?

     

    Tim Long is an executive producer and writer with The Simpsons. He'll be discussing his craft with Steve Patterson, host of CBC's The Debaters, this Saturday at Arts Court...And Andy Hull is a writer for the web series Space Janitors, which is up for a handful of Canadian Comedy Awards. Both joined us in studio.

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    Thursday's show - links, info & music

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Haunted House" by High Waters
    • "We're All in this Together" by Sam Roberts Band
    • "Sidecar" by Kathleen Edwards, from the album Voyageur

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "Closer" by Chic Gamine, from the album City City
    • "Black Silk Gown" by Stephen Fearing, from the album That's How I Walk

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Dusty Blue" by Charles Bradley, from the album Victim of Love
    • "Spinning Wheel" by Blood, Sweat and Tears, from the album Blood, Sweat and Tears

    A mother-son team create a Planet Named Up-in-the-Sky

    grachows.JPGYou may think you have a demanding mother -- one who wanted you to take out the garbage, clean your room, get something from the store...Not every mother turns to her son and asks him to create a robot elephant, but that's what Amy Grachow did to her son Keith.

     

    Keith did manage to create Ms. Ella Robo-Phant, complete with detachable trunk. And then Amy asked him to create an ocean of butterflies, a postman that is a whirligig snail, clouds made of jellyfish, and a tower made of spaghetti.

     

    All of this is for the children's book they've co-authored: On A Planet Named Up-In-The-Sky. Amy wrote the poetry, and Keith did the colourful artwork. They'll be talking about it at the Can-CON SF Conference this weekend, but first they joined us in studio.

     

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    Robert reviews Gravity

    Spoiler alert: Robert LOVES Gravity...

     

     

    You can find out why, by listening to his review below.

     

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    Big prize for local painter...who dreams of destroying art

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    This painting by Ottawa's Colin Muir Dorward, called Labyrinthineon, was one of two runners-up in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. It's an important national contest for emerging visual artists, with hundreds competing for a grand prize of $25,000 and two honourable mentions worth $15,000.

    Colin isn't quite sure how he'll spend his winnings yet. But he spoke with Alan about one interesting possibility: a project he calls the Destroy Art Fund.
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    Wednesday's show - links, info & music

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Fall Leaves" by Hooded Fang, from the album Hooded Fang
    • "Le Probleme avec Toi" by Andrea Lindsay & Luc de Lerochelliere, from the album C'est d'l'Amour Ou...

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "Rich Girl" by Hall & Oates, performed by Lake Street Dive, from the album Fun Machine

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Bird Down" by Craig Cardiff, from the album Goodnight Go Home

    D is for Dinner: Brisket and Brisk-ain't

    Sliced Brisket.JPGThere will be a lot of meat on offer at Beau's Oktoberfest this weekend, including a traditional Texas brisket from the Branch Restaurant & Texas Grill. But chef/owner Bruce Enloe has a little something extra for the vegetarians in the crowd too -- a "brisk-ain't". He joined us to explain...

     

     

     

     

     

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    Bruce Enloe's Seitan Brisk-ain't

    This recipe is developed from my days at Millenium Restaurant in San Francisco, cooking vegan cuisine; our philosophy there (and now) was that meat substitutes are always fun, but not intended to fool anyone, just a way to add variety and texture...This take on BBQ brisket is really just a fun way to enjoy a meat-free meal!

    • 2 onions
    • 2 tsp + 2 tsp + 1/4 cup vegetable oil
    • wood chips, smoker
    • 2 cups "vital wheat gluten" (Bob's Red Mill version available in the health food section of many local grocery stores)
    • 1 1/2 cups + about 1/2 litre of light unsalted vegetable stock
    • 1/4 cup tamari
    • 3 tsp black pepper
    • 2 tsp chili powder
    • 3 gloves crushed garlic
    • 2 cups Beau's Lug Tread lager
    • BBQ sauce

    Peel and halve the onions, toss with the first 2 tsp of oil and smoke for 45 minutes in your preferred smoker. Then slice thin and carmelize slowly with the second 2 tsp of oil over medium heat until dark brown (not burnt). Cool and mince. In a large bowl, combine the minced smoked carmelized onions, the 1/4 cup oil, the 2 cups of gluten flour, the 1-1/2 cups light vegetable stock, the tamari, pepper, chili powder, and garlic and a splash of Lug Tread. Mix all the ingredients with your hands until spongy and combined, transfer the mixture to a loaf pan, cover with the remaining stock and beer, and bake, covered, at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes, or until just firm. Remove the loaf from the pan after this process and broil with the BBQ sauce before serving. Enjoy sliced thin on a sandwich or however you would like your roasted or barbecued beef!

     

    Tuesday's show - links, info & music

    • More info on the Ottawa Centre Eco-District here
    • More info here about the Veterans Ombudsman new veterans charter action plan

    Music

    Between 3 & 4:

    • "Don't Give Up" by Peter Gabriel, performed by Feist & Timber Timbre, from the album And I'll Scratch Yours
    • "About to Lose" by Miss Polygamy, from the album One Night Stand
    • "Samba Saravah" by Diana Panton, from the album To Brazil with Love

    Between 4 & 5:

    • "The Hum" by Dan Griffin, from the album Bordertown
    • "Tokka" by Agnes Obel, from the album Aventine

    Between 5 & 6:

    • "Saintly Stare" by Jadea Kelly, from the album Clover

    Veterans ombudsman calls for rewriting of veterans charter

    Today, the Veterans Ombudsman warned that there isn't enough financial support to help aging veterans maintain an adequate standard of living. That's one of the deficiencies highlighted in Guy Parent's analysis of the federal government's New Veterans Charter. Parent also points out that vocational rehabilitation programs for wounded vets under 65 are lacking, and families who care for wounded soldiers face too many hardships.

     

    The New Veteran's Charter came into effect in 2006. Under the Charter many injured and disabled soldiers transitioning to civilian life receive a one-time lump sum and other benefits. (Prior to the charter they received a life-long pension.) Last week in anticipation of the ombudsman's report, Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino, announced the government would review the charter in a House of Commons committee this year. Ombudsman Guy Parent joined us in studio with more on changes he'd like to see.

     

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