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April 2011 Archives

Blue Met - Molly Peacock and The Paper Garden

mary delany.jpgMary Delany was born in 1700, and before she died in 1788, she learned to play the piano with Handel, bantered with Swift, married twice, and was pursued by the powerful Lord Baltimore. At 72, she invented an art form.

Mrs Delany created intricate and exquisite pictures of flowers, using a technique she created herself. She snipped the flowers from coloured paper and overlaid the shapes on painted black paper. She called the result mosaics.

Her story is told with relish by Canadian poet Molly Peacock in a new book called The Paper Garden: Mrs Delany Begins Her Life's Work at 72.

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Blue Met - Alaa Al Aswany

al-aswany photo.jpgThe Blue Metropolis international literary festival is underway in Montreal, and Egyptian author Alaa Al Aswany is a popular return visitor.

Al Aswany's novel The Yacoubian Building is the Arab world's best-selling book ever. He is also a political commentator and a pro-democracy activist in Egypt.

His most recent work On the State of Egypt has won this year's Arab Literary Prize from the Blue Met festival.



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Royal Wedding - the day after...

Dave spoke to avid royal-watcher Peter McNally in London on the day after The Wedding. 

Listen to his account of Will and Kate's big day.


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Wedding Watchers

kate and william cbc site.jpgTwo billion of us will be watching the Royal Wedding on TV next Friday. It's predicted to be the most-watched TV event ever.

McGill professor Peter McNally will be watching it with a smaller, but not insignificant crowd - in front of Buckingham Palace.

Professor McNally is a longtime royal watcher and collector of royal memorabilia. He dropped by to see us before he takes off to London.


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Montreal's Irish Mafia

mafiabook3.jpgMontreal's West End has a fascinating history.

Most of us think of leafy suburbs....but there's a gritty side as well.

Many of Montreal's most notorious criminals came from hardscrabble neighbourhoods like Pointe St Charles, Goose Village and Verdun. 

D'Arcy O'Connor tells the story of Irish mobsters in his new book, "Montreal's Irish Mafia".



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Food Foragers

jardins sauvage.jpgVenison carpaccio... crinkleroot aioli... and pickled daisy buds.

Those are the starters on the new spring menu at Les Jardins Sauvages in Lanaudière. They sound exotic, but they aren't.

They're from Quebec and they're what's fresh and available right now. Seasonal, foraged or locally produced foods are what this restauraunt and its chef are all about.

Nancy Hinton is the chef and co-owner of Les Jardins Sauvages in St-Roch-de-l'Achigan.

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Blue Met 2011

The annual fiction festival known as Blue Met returns next weekend.

150 authors will be in Montreal for the bilingual event.

Maria Turner is producing the events known as CBC Blue.

She's also a book lover, writer and editor of the online literary magazine Carte Blanche.


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Election Panel - Down and Dirty

Has the 2011 election campaign finally dialled up the intensity?  Is that a good thing?

Dave talks tactics with panellists Steve Faguay and Sujata Dey.


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Tea Hunter

kevin-gascoyne.jpgFor most of us right now, it's time for spring cleaning, spring clothes and spring elections. But for four Montreal entrepreneurs, it's time to make the tea.

They're the co-owners of Camellia-Sinensis, a tea salon and tea importer here and in Quebec City - and with their own line of teas sold all around the province.

Each spring - just as the last year's supplies of tea are disappearing - the four tea tasters fan out across Asia, in search of more. They're currently globetrotting in China, Japon, India and Taiwan.

Kevin Gascoyne is the Darjeeling and black tea specialist of the group.

We reached him in the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo.

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The Rocket

Maurice "Rocket" Richard was a great athelete who transcended his sport - a hockey player whose accomplishments on the ice are tied to the beginnings of the Quiet Revolution in Quebec.

Charles Foran explores the Rocket's life and career in a new biography, part of Penguin's Extraordinary Canadians series.


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Author Nigel Thomas

The ImagiNation writers festival is underway in Quebec City.

You'll find author Nigel Thomas there at a session called To Be or Not to Be.

He'll be talking about immigrants and outsiders - themes he's explored often in his novels and non-fiction, and in his new book of short stories Lives Whole and Otherwise.

Nigel Thomas was born in Saint-Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean.

He used to teach at l'Université Laval but is now based in the Montreal area. And he joined Dave in studio.


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Mulroney: the Opera

Mulroney, the Opera debuts on giant movie screens all over Canada today.

The screens have to be big to capture the full contours of that chin.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wonder what he did with the dough.

Dave chats with Rick Miller, star of the new film.

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She's a Habs fan, not a hockey fan

Quebec City's Susan Campbell chats with Dave as nos glorieux prepare to take on the Bruins in Game 2.

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Bride of New France

BrideFrance edited again.jpg"Bride of New France" tells the story of a young woman who was packed off to New France in the late 17th century to help populate the colony.

Suzanne Desrochers's debut novel began its life as her masters history thesis at York University in Toronto.

 Desrochers tells us about some less well-known aspects of the story of les filles du roy that she has incorporated into her fiction. 


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The Bicycling Gardener

Ian Goodman Bicycle Garden.JPGIan Christopher Goodman takes on the urban wilderness of Montreal on a bike - pulling an 8-foot trailer full of gardening tools.

His company, Les Jardiniers à Bicyclette,  mows lawns, helps maintain ornamental gardens, and sometimes totally transforms concrete backyards. 

Ian describes his company as "a company of strong, Earth-loving and slightly magical gardeners ... who do things differently."

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Are We There Yet?

Dave reconvenes the AIAW election panel to discuss the third week of the 2011 election campaign.

Sujata Dey is a community activist. Steve Faguy is a journalist and blogger.

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Years of Wisdom

"What Philosophers Say Compared with What Psychologists Find - How Wise People Interpret Life."

That's the title of a new study co-authored by Dolores Pushkar.

She says this search for wisdom is imperative for our time.

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Bad Animals

Montreal writer Joel Yanofsky has written a new book about living with autism.

Joel's son Jonah is autistic, and in his new book Bad Animals, he tells the story of his and his wife's attempts to educate themselves and Jonah about living with the condition.

Joel Yanofsky on All in a Weekend.

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Chasing Lydie

Marie-Jo Therio is one of Canada's finest francophone singer-songwriters.

Her award-winning third album "Les Matins Habitables" went gold in Canada and sold well in France too.

She actually divides her time between Quebec, France and New Brunswick where she grew up.

She wasn't planning on a career in English, but while chasing stories
about her great-aunt Lydia, Marie-Jo found herself making a concept album about her relative's decision to seek fame and fortune in the United States.

Marie-Jo Therio talks about "Chasing Lydie," on All in a Weekend.

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Election Panel Week 2

Election Panel Week #2, "Are you Starting to get Excited Yet?"

Dave and panelists Sujata Dey and Steve Faguy hold forth on a number of questions, including voter awareness.

There is a right to vote in this country. Is it right that everyone should vote?

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The future of the book

More and more people are buying books on line.

And, more and more people are skipping the printed page alltogether and buying ebooks.

So what does this mean for readers, writers and publishers?

The debate is on April 5 at the Atwater Library Auditorium.

The guest is Mike Shatzkin -- a widely respected book industry consultant.


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Laurier: an extraordinary Canadian

La Presse editor-in-chief Andre Pratte has written a new biography of Wilfred Laurier, part of Penguin's Extraordinary Canadians series. 

Born in the tiny Laurentian hamlet of St. Lin, Laurier was Canada's first bilingual Prime Minister.

A passionate orator in both languages, his political strategy was to seek compromise.

Andre Pratte gives us some more background on this extraordinary, and he believes overlooked, Canadian.

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Spring Fever

Spring training is underway, which means the countdown to Major League Baseball's new season has begun in earnest. 

Sportscaster Terry Haig and our own Dave Bronstetter rant, rave and wax nostalgic about America's pastime. 

Oh, and they also make some predictions for the 2011 MLB season.

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Figuring it out

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For more than a decade, Georges Laraque was one of the toughest guys on skates.

But now the former NHL enforcer insists that his newly adopted sport, figure skating, is physically tougher than any challenge he faced in pro hockey.

After competing in CBC’s Battle of the Blades, he wants to encourage boys in particular to pick up the sport, and stick with it.

Georges Laraque on All in a Weekend

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Civil War Sim

Even with a steady flow of news reports from Libya, the daily toll of civil unrest can seem pretty abstract to many of us in Canada.  But students in a peacebuilding class at McGill have a better idea what that stress might feel like.  They have just finished a week-long civil war simulation set in a fictional country called Brynania.

The CBC's Rosemary Quipp donned her flak jacket to become All in a Weekend's Brynania correspondent.

She joined Dave in studio to share the experience.

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The Pantry Part 7 -- Ice Cream

crab bowl.JPEGSpring is in the air. Doesn't it put you in the mood for some ice cream??

This week on the pantry, All in a Weekend's food correspondent Jennifer Warren visits Fred Morin at his Montreal restaurant Joe Beef.

Fred's cuisine has been written up in The New York Times and Bon Appetit. But the most buzzed-about dish on Fred's menu lately isn't exactly high-end gourmet. It's soft-serve ice cream.

He comes up with the most Suessian creations -- like the ice cream crab dish you see in the picture. (Check out our Facebook page for more of Fred's outrageous soft serve presentations.)

And Marc Faubert shows up at the studio with a TROLLEY LOAD (we're not exaggerating. Again, check out and this video Facebook for evidence.)

Marc the coordinator of Laiterie Coaticook in Coaticook, Quebec. Coaticook ice cream is a classic Quebec-made product. You might just have one of their see-through tubs sitting in your freezer right now.

Marc tells us about how far some people go in their love of ice cream, and what it's like to have an office in an ice cream factory.

Turn off your calorie counter, and take a listen:


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