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July 2011 Archives

Chic cycling

cyclechic.jpgThe Montreal Fashion and Design Festival starts August 3. This year, there is a new fashion show called "Ride in Style." It features clothes that will look great, while riding a bike! It's presented by the Eaton Centre on Thursday at 6:30 p.m..

And it seems fashionable clothes on bikes is something that's becoming very popular in Montreal. In June, the blog Montreal Cycle Chic was launched. At the time, the founder of the worldwide network of cycle chic blogs Mikael Colville-Andersen was a guest here on All in a Weekend.

Cycle chic is a worldwide movement of bicycle riding in the city - in style and free of sports gear.

We thought it would be a good time to check in with Christian Liboiron and Anne Williams, two of the bloggers working on Montreal Cycle Chic.

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The Chairs are Where the People Go

Do you have a friend who you think is so smart, so engaging, you could write a book about what they say?

Author Sheila Heti does. She wrote down the thoughts of her friend Misha Glouberman. The result is a book called "The Chairs are Where the People Go". 

They are launching the book on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at the Sala Rossa in Montreal.

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Route Bleue

IMG_20110731_085711.jpgSometimes we forget it, but Montreal is an island.

With the goal of encouraging people to explore our surrounding waterways, an organization called Access Fleuve has mapped out a "Route Bleue"-- a contiguous series of navigable waters for non-motorized watercrafts around the island of Montreal.

David Hill  is an Outdoor Education Co-ordinator at John Abbott College. He's taking his students on an exhibition following the Route Bleue. Stefan Walker is one of the students who has signed up for the expedition.

 

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Shazam in the Eastern Township

We head out to a weekend festival that is out of the ordinary. Shazamfest started seven years ago as a gathering of friends and family at the Przytyk family farm in the Eastern Townships. Now, it's grown to a three-day gathering that attracts more than a thousand people.

 

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One Day Vay-Cay from EnRoute

Jean-Francois Légaré, editor at EnRoute magazine, gives us his guide to Montebello, a one day vay-cay that has staffers at the magazine buzzing.

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Alleycat races

cam.jpgBike couriers are known for zipping around the streets of downtown, weaving in and out of traffic and maybe even blowing a few red lights.

It's usually with the goal of delivering a package. But sometimes, it's just for fun.

Today, bike courriers in Montreal are holding what they call an alley cat race.It's a kind of underground event for people working in the industry. Races like this have been going on for a while now, but there are some concerns about safety.

Dana Holtby has a report:

 

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Girls Rock!

girlsrock.jpgQuebec has a great tradition of producing fine female rockers. Take Melissa Auf der Maur; bassist for the all-girl band Hole, she also played with the Smashing Pumpkins
 
Now, there's a whole new generation of rock girls coming up, thanks in part to the Rock Camp for Girls.

All week, teenage girls have been learning how to rock out. Tonight, they'll show us their mettle, at a concert at the Ukrainian Federation.

Anna Asimakopulos visited the camp as the girls were getting ready for the concert.

 

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The comedy of motherhood with Caroline Rhea

caroline rhea.JPGWe know her as one of the most famous comics to come out of Montreal. She played Aunt Hilda on the American sitcom "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch." She hosted The Caroline Rhea Show and the first seasons of the Biggest Loser.  She's also had roles on the big screen.

But to guest host Anna Asimakopulos, she's the kid she first met in kindergarten when they were five.

Caroline Rhea is in Montreal these days, hosting a show  called "Mom Com" at the Just For Laughs Festival. So Anna asked her to drop by All in A Weekend to .... catch up!

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Ana Sokolovic

Anasokolovic.jpgAna Sokolovic is composer of the year at this year's Orford Festival. She composed Hymn to Orford for the occasion. It is piece she describes as having the rhythm of Quebec folk music, with accents of Serbian folk music.

Originally from Serbia, she now calls Montreal home. We talk to her about how both cultures shape her and her music.

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Gold in my basement

When the town of Malarctic Quebec was moved to make way for an open pit gold mine, Ken Masse refused to move out of his home, even as his neighbours' houses were bulldozed. The CBC's Lindsay Michael travelled to Malarctic to produce the documentary.

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Ken Scott's Starbuck

kenscott.jpgYou can't talk about Starbuck, the new Quebec movie WITHOUT talking sperm.

The movie's title is a tribute to the famous bull Starbuck, whose semen -- 685 THOUSAND doses -- have led to hundreds of thousands of sons and daughters around the world.

Starbuck is the nickname of the protagonist of the movie Starbuck.
His trips to the fertility clinic resulted in him fathering 533 children.

The man behind this movie is Ken Scott. Also famous for writing La Grande Seduction, he will be directing the English remake, he wrote the Maurice Richard film, directed Les Doigts Croches, and now, he has co-written and directed Starbuck.

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One Day Vay-Cay in Wendake

Every weekend, we're telling you about a place in Quebec you can visit in a day or a weekend.

Today, we're heading to the First Nations Hotel Museum. It's located just outside Quebec city, in Wendake, a Huron-Wendat First Nations community.

Listen to Anna's interview with Sébastien Desnoyer, the general manager of Tourism Wendake.

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Famine in the Horn of Africa

The UN has declared a state of famine in two regions of Somalia.

The international body says a severe drought affecting 11.5-million people throughout East Africa had degenerated into famine, and that tens of thousands of Somalis have already died.

On July 22, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said 1.6 billion dollars is needed. But so far, international donors have only given about half that amount.

We have all seen the disturbing images of mothers carrying starving children, so why the reluctance to give?

Kyle Matthews of the Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies looks at who gives, and who doesn't.

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Hillbilly in the big city



Montreal isn't really known for its country music. But, tucked away in NDG is a country and bluegrass club that has become a veritable institution.

The Wheel Club is famous for its Monday HillBilly Night. It brings together old people and young people, all through a common love of country music. This year the Wheel Club is turning 45.

All in a Weekend's Dana Holtby visited the club. She met some oldtimers... and some newcomers.

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Want to check out The Wheel Club for yourself? It's located at 3373 Cavendish Blvd. Montreal.

Anne Fortier, author of Juliet

anne fortier 006.jpgThe Knowlton Wordfest is on this weekend. One of the guests is author Anne Fortier.

Her first novel Juliet reads like a mix of the Da Vinci Code, Twilight and Shakespeare.

It's the story of a young American woman who travels to Siena to discover a fascinating family secret. 

Listen to her conversation with Geeta. 

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In the photo: (Left to right) Anne's daughter Isabelle, All in a Weekend producer Tanya Birkbeck, host Geeta Nadkarni, Anne Fortier.

Translating Comedy!

The Just for Laughs festival is on right now in Montreal, until the end of the month.

And like the city that hosts it, Just for Laughs, or Juste Pour Rire, is a bilingual festival. But if you've ever learned a second language -- English, French, or anything else -- you know the last thing you "get" is the jokes.

Mike Paterson usually does his comedy in English but is also doing some French shows. And Mike Ward usually does his comedy in French, but is doing some English shows.

They both join Geeta in studio to talk about the challenges of translating their shtick and share some battle stories about what happens when the audience is decidedly not amused. 

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One day Vay-Cay

Some of you are lucky enough to be on vacation all summer. The rest of us have to work.
Either way, here at All in a Weekend, we've decided to bring you some ideas for quick trips you can take in Quebec if time is limited .
We're calling it the ONE DAY VAY-CAY.
Today, a place that's really about getting away from it all.
Auberge Chic Choc is located in the Matane nature reserve.
It bills itself as being "very comfortable accommodations in an untamed natural environment".
We're talking 60 square kilometres of untamed wilderness and more moose than people.
Julie Leblanc is the head guide at Auberge Chic Choc and she joins Geeta to tell us why cityfolk can get so much out of visiting this Gaspe wonderland.

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Electro swing

electro swing 004.jpgTake some classic tunes from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, add an electro beat, mix it all up, and the result is a new genre of music that's big in Europe right now.

Meet two DJs who are bringing "Electro swing" to Montreal.

DJ Eliazer (Eli Hason) and DJ Don Mescal (Thibault Longo) join Geeta to talk about the satorial side of the scene, the vibe at the parties,  and why electro swing is really for just about everybody.

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Photo: (Left to right) DJ Elizaer and DJ Don Mescal. Photo by Tanya Birkbeck.

Recreational vehicles in a park

atvs 004.jpgParc Rene Levesque in Lachine is usually a pretty quiet place. There's a bike path, a sculpture garden, and lots of trees. But this week, it's been looking and sounding a lot different.

BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products) is holding a week-long event in Parc Rene Levesque to showcase its land and sea motorized recreational vehicles. A dirt track has been built on the park lawn, and sea-doos are in the surrounding water. All week, dealers from around the world have been here testing out four wheelers and sea doos. And this weekend, members of the public will have an opportunity to try out these vehicles.

But not everyone is thrilled about having a bunch of motorized toys in their park.

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Veggies on the roof

Mohamed Hage is the president and founder of Lufa Farms. It's a hydroponic farm on the rooftop of an industrial building in Montreal. The farm is 31,000 square feet and feeds around 2000 people.

This might sound very familiar to you because Mohamed was on the show last week. But we asked him to come back on Sunday because we didn't have time to ask him everything we wanted to know about his farm, and because the last time we spoke, he was about to fly off to the Netherlands.

He told Elizabeth about his trip.

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Lufa's Basil Cucumber Mojitos


2 oz light or dark rum, or more
1/2 oz maple syrup
1 oz fresh lime juice (we use "Don Limon" brand organic limes, about 1 lime a drink)
5 leaves fresh basil, stems removed
1 lebanese cucumber, chopped
Generous amount of ice
Soda, to top


Directions
Unless you have a cocktail set, we like to make these in mason jars with screw-top lids. Start with the maple, the basil, and the cucumber and "muddle" (smash) the three together with a heavy wooden spoon or a potato masher. (We recommend you do this outside) Add the rum, the lime juice and a generous amount of ice- the lid should be a tight fit for all the ice.
Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds, and then remove the lid. Top with soda the brim, and enjoy.

Peter Behrens and a great summer read

Behrens (c) Ryan Goodrich.jpgIf you were trying to describe Peter Behrens' latest novel, you would use words like "sweeping" and "epic". "The O'Briens" takes us from 1887 to 1960, and across North America and back. It continues the saga of the family that Peter Behrens brought to life in his first novel, "The Law of Dreams".

Peter Behrens lives in Maine with his wife and young son. But he was born in Montreal so we can claim him as our own.

Elizabeth spoke to him when he came through town. We didn't have time to play the full interview on the show so we've posted it here for your listening pleasure!

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Chickens on the roof


Jacquie Czernin is the host of Breakaway, the drive-home show on the Quebec Community Network. Jacquie climbed up onto a very famous roof in Quebec City-- the roof of the Château Frontenac. She was accompanied by the hotel's award-winning executive chef Jean Soulard.

And there, amongst the hotel's gothic turrets, she discovered Chef Soulard's garden.

...a garden with basil and mint and oregano
...a garden with honey bees
...and now a garden with... chickens!

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Love is in the air

photo 6.JPGYou could say that when Graham Wilkinson and Kathryn Schofield first laid eyes on each other, sparks were flying.

Because they actually were.

Graham and Kathryn are the co-founders of an award-winning fireworks display company based in Huddersfield, England. And they've also been a happy couple for over two decades.
 
Graham and Kathryn's show, "Stars of the World," is taking to the skies tonight at La Ronde as part of L'International des Feux Loto-Quebec.

For more information, visit www.internationaldesfeuxloto-quebec.com.

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(Photo credit: Bob Burch)

ONE DAY VACAY!

balnea.jpgThere are those who are lucky enough to have the summer off. And then there are the poor suckers stuck working through the summer. But don't worry, we're here to help!

Even if you can't jet off for a month-long escape, you can still get away for a day. So throughout the summer here on all in a weekend, we will be bringing you ideas for the ONE DAY VAY-CAY.

Today we are going to head down to the Eastern Townships, to Balnea Spa, where they are doing a special event every Sunday of the summer. It's called the Été des Chefs.

Stéphanie Émond is the owner of Balnea Spa at Bromont-sur-le-lac.

Danny St-Pierre is chef and owner of the restaurant Auguste in Sherbrooke.
He will be preparing a meal next Sunday, July 17.

And Kimio Nguyen is the chef and owner of the Mikado restaurants in Montreal. He will be cooking on Sunday, August 21.

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(Photo courtesy of Balnea Spa)

A new country

marc-landmine.JPGToday marks the creation of a brand new country: the Republic of South Sudan. Southerners voted to split from Sudan in a referendum last January.

The mostly Christian south and the mostly Muslim north have been fighting for more than two decades. More than a million and a half people have been killed.

Now, people there are hoping for a fresh start.

David Widgington is a Montreal journalist who is passionate about southern Sudan. He travelled there in 2009. And he maintains a web site called southsudaninfo.net.

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Photo: David Widgington (left) with UNMAO's Mark Argent at mine removal site outside of Juba near E. Rejaf. (March 2009) Courtesy of David Widgington.

Summer in Quebec

Happy July 3rd!

We're definitely into summer now. It's time to relax, barbeque, maybe start your holiday...

So today we called up a few of the people who've contacted us over the years - just to see how they plan to spend the summer ahead.

Karena Meyers spends her summer on a vineyard.

La Chapelle Ste-Agnes vineyard in Sutton is a family business. And Karena - who is actually a civil engineer and marketer by training - commutes back and forth between Montreal and Sutton and pulled off the road to talk with us.

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If you look at a map of Québec, about three quarters of the way up, on the lower tip of Ungava Bay, you'll find Kuujjuaq.

That's where Louise Simard lives. And of course, summer there is a very different experience. For example, the ice has only recently melted away on the river that runs past town, the Koksoak.

Louise works in purchasing for the Kativik Regional Government. And since Kuujjuaq isn't linked to other towns by road, summer is a busy time for shipping. So Louise is another person spending the summer hard at work.

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In the winter, Dave spoke with Diane Skinner of New Carlisle about a book she co-authored called "G is for Gaspé."  It was a beautifully illustrated book using scenes from the Gaspé for each letter. We reached Diane at home and she told us about her plans for the summer.

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Donald Fyson is a history professor at Laval University. We spoke with him last week about the 19th century prison at the Morrin Centre in Quebec City. But this weekend, he was a free man -  camping near Kamouraska with his wife.

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Cooking with William and Kate

Well, dust off your fascinator and brew up a pot of Earl Grey - the Royals have landed.

Newlyweds Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are in Montreal, and they'll be heading to Quebec City on Sunday. And no trip to La Belle Province would be complete without some good food.

On Saturday afternoon, Will and Kate will be participating in a cooking workshop at the Institut du tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec, here in Montreal. Then they'll be having a three-course dinner, prepared by students and instructors.

Pasquale Vari is an instructor at the Institut who will be taking part in the event, and Nathalie Desrosiers is a student.  They're in studio with our fill-in host, Elizabeth Robertson.
 

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Growing produce on Montreal's rooftops

A new farm on the island of Montreal is growing enough vegetables to feed 2,000 people.

But it uses no soil, no manure, no land -- and it just happens to be in the middle of an industrial park.

Lufa Farms occupies a 31,000-square-foot greenhouse -- on top of a commercial building in Cartierville-Ahuntsic.

And it's hydroponic -- meaning the plants grow in water, without soil.

Call it "agriculture 2.0."

Mohamed Hage is the 29-year-old founder of Lufa Farms, and he joins our fill-in host Elizabeth Robertson in studio.

 

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A cruel storm rages on the sea

A ship is torn apart, marooning its passengers and crew on an island.

An island ruled by Prospero, a strange and mysterious man who seems to have power over the elements...

That's what happens in "The Tempest", Shakespeare's most magical and intriguing play. It's been adapted countless times, in many different ways. But trust Robert Lepage to come up with something new!

His latest version of "La Tempête" is a collaboration between his company (Ex Machina) and the Huron-Wendat Nation. It's taking place in Wendake, the Huron village just west of Quebec City.

Elizabeth spoke to Normand Bissonette who plays Gonzalo. Normand has appeared in several Lepage plays, including a previous production of The Tempest. 
 

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This Saturday! Growing produce on Montreal's rooftops

LUFA FARM rooftop view.jpgA new farm on the island of Montreal is growing enough vegetables to feed 2,000 people.

But it uses no soil, no manure, no land -- and it just happens to be in the middle of an industrial park.

Lufa Farms occupies a 31,000-square-foot greenhouse -- on top of a commercial building in Cartierville-Ahuntsic.

And it's hydroponic -- meaning the plants grow in water, without soil.

Call it "agriculture 2.0."

Mohamed Hage is the 29-year-old founder of Lufa Farms, and he joins our fill-in host Elizabeth Robertson in studio.

 

This Saturday! Cooking with William and Kate

royals sugar sculpture.jpgWell, dust off your fascinator and brew up a pot of Earl Grey - the Royals have landed.

Newlyweds Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are in Montreal, and they'll be heading to Quebec City on Sunday. And no trip to La Belle Province would be complete without some good food.

On Saturday afternoon, Will and Kate will be participating in a cooking workshop at the Institut du tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec, here in Montreal. Then they'll be having a three-course dinner, prepared by students and instructors.

Pasquale Vari is an instructor at the Institut who will be taking part in the event, and Nathalie Desrosiers is a student.  They're in studio with our fill-in host, Elizabeth Robertson.