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October 2011 Archives

Unquenchable:A Tipsy Quest for the World's Best Bargain Wines

51YwVwXjHKL__SS500_.jpgOur next guest drinks cheap wine, and she's not ashamed to admit it.

Natalie Maclean is a sommelier and wine writer who's been called "a true original" with "a vast knowledge of wine...a keen eye for a good story and great wit." Her new book is "Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World's Best Bargain Wines." It shines a light on the best bargain wines in the world.

Natalie MacLean spoke with Sonali Karnick about her wine-soaked travel memoir, the characters she met, and hunting for tasty bargain wines.

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Canada's Best New Restaurants

cutlery-620_640.jpgenRoute magazine just unveiled its 10th annual list of "Canada's Best New Restaurants".

For restaurants, it's the one of the most coveted distinctions in the country.

For Sarah Musgrave, it mean a full month eating her way across Canada - to come up with the list.

She and Sona talk about her covert tasting operations and the three Montreal restaurants that made the list.

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Richelieu Floods Revisited

house in Richelieu valley 7 mos later.JPGIt's been seven months since the Richelieu River burst its banks, flooding thousands of homes throughout the Richelieu Valley. Back in June Quebecers from all over the province came together to help people in the area with the clean-up. And you might recall that All in a Weekend was one of several broadcasters that devoted the weekend or part of that weekend to the clean-up. But the driving force behind that volunteer effort was SOS Richelieu.

The CBC's Marika Wheeler dropped by SOS Richelieu and met with many local residents as part of her recent coverage of the aftermath of flooding in the valley.

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Johanna Skibsrud

skibsrud.jpgLast year, Johanna Skibsrud became the youngest writer to win the Giller Prize. She won with her novel "The Sentimentalists" - a book that had only had a few hundred copies printed to begin with - but became one of the best-selling novels in the country.

This fall, Johanna Skibsrud is back with a new work - a collection of short stories. It's called "This Will Be Difficult to Explain."

The stories take us travelling - and they tell us something about the author's own globetrotting... study in Greece and England, volunteer work on organic farms in Europe and New Zealand, teaching English in Korea, and working with young people at risk in Inuvik.

Now she's working on her PhD at the Université de Montreal. Oh, and she's also travelling back and forth to Tucson, Arizona! She and Sonali Karnick talk about how all that travel fed into her new stories.

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Swing Dance Love

bielec_graham.jpegSylwia Bielec and Adrian Warnock-Graham are teachers at the Cat's Corner swing dance school in Montreal, and they specialize in the Lindy Hop. Tonight, Cat's Corner celebrates its 13th anniversary with a dance party - complete with a live band, swing dance routines and even a surprise or two.

Adrian and Sylwia teach swing dancing at Cat's Corner, but they are also husband and wife.

As they explain to Sona, Lindy Hop brought them together...

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Trotteur

TROTTEUR.jpgThe short film Trotteur tells the story of a legendary figure in Quebec - a man known as Alexis le trotteur. They say he could outrun a horse and a train. And frequently did.

Trotteur was an official selection at TIFF earlier this year, and at Cannes. Critics praised it for its "breathtaking art direction and cinematography." Now it's opening the Abitibi International film festival in Rouyn-Noranda tonight.

Arnaud Brisebois is the screenwriter and one of two directors, along with Francis Leclerc.

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Michael Jerome Browne

Bee and Michael J Browne.JPGAward-winning Montreal roots and blues musician, Michael Jerome Browne, is back with a new acoustic album "The Road is Dark" - recorded live off the floor in Hatley and in Chelsea, Quebec. The launch concert is in Montreal on Saturday night.

Michael Jerome Browne and his wife Bee Markus are partners in life and music. They both dropped by our studio to chat with Sona.

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Joe Beef

Joe-Beef-Book-Cover-Jennifer_May.jpgYou won't find instructions on how to set the table perfectly for your next dinner party in the book The Art of Living according to Joe Beef. It's about kitchen philosophy as much as recipes.

Chefs David MacMillan and Frederic Morin have worked in some of the best restaurants in Montreal but they weren't happy. They set out to open a restaurant that reflected what they really wanted out of the dining experience. And it's working. Joe Beef, in Montreal's Little Burgundy, rarely has a free table. But they also have staff that rarely work a full week. That's part of their plan.

AIAW host Sonali Karnick met with David MacMillan and Frédéric Morin to talk about the new book and how they run Joe Beef.

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Maurice Sendak and the real Wild Things

Sendak-Exhibit.jpgChances are you have a copy of Where the Wild Things Are lying around the house somewhere. The book has sold over 19 million copies around the world.

But if you dont....it's a book by Maurice Sendak, one of the world's best-loved children's authors. Sendak is known for his fantastical worlds, full of hairy, horned monsters and surreal landscapes. It turns out that these worlds draw deeply from the real world - from his family history and his identity as a first-generation Jewish American.

This Wednesday, a travelling exhibit called "In a Nutshell: the Worlds of Maurice Sendak" opens at The Jewish Public Library in Montreal.

Shannon Hodge was one of those millions of children who were captivated by Sendak's books. She's an archivist at the library and will be giving tours of the exhibit. She spoke with Sona about Sendak's story.

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The Québécois Book

QUE-BOOK_C1_PUB_320X474.JPGThe Québécois Book is a new illustrated French-language guide for anglophones. Author Brigitte Ostiguy paired 1200 French words with comic illustrations by well-known Quebec cartoonist Serge Gaboury to help tourists better navigate the province.

This week, the two authors will be presenting their book at the AngloStore in Quebec City.

Andrew Greenfield is the owner of AngloStore, as well as a teacher of English-as-a-second-language and he joined Sona on the line, along with Brigitte Ostiguy.

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Bilingual Quebec

The province has set aside 80 million dollars to implement a program called "Intensive English" - across Quebec - by 2017. Its goal is to improve the way English is taught. The CBC's Catou Makinnon visited l'École de l'Accueil in St-Émile, a suburb of Quebec City, where they've been using the program - as part of her series on bilingualism in the province. She dropped by Madame Susanne's class... that's Susanne Reuss.

You'll hear from Madame Suzanne and one of her former students, Mark-Olivier Jobin, as Catou takes us on a tour.

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Montreal Greek Film Festival

logo.jpgAs the headlines talk about austerity measures, strikes and violent protests in Greece, Avra Georgiou prepares to present her country to Quebeckers in a very different light. She's the director and programmer of the fledgling Montreal Greek Film Festival.

Avra Georgiou grew up in Greece. She now spends most of her time flying between Athens, Los Angeles - where she has another Greek film festival - and Montreal. She spoke with Sona about the current troubles in her country and her role as a sort of ambassador for Greek culture.

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The Stars treatment

the stars.jpgSonali Karnick hit the gym this week with a couple of professional women's hockey players.

Lisa-Marie Breton is the captain of the Montreal Stars, Quebec's only women's hockey team in the Canadian women's Hockey League. The Stars are the defending Clarkson Cup champions and it's no wonder with Olympic gold medallists like Caroline Ouellette on their roster.

The new season starts this weekend, so it was a good time to catch up with the team's captain, Lisa-Marie. (She's also a physical trainer and designs the off-ice program for the team.)

 Liz and Caro put Sona though the paces at Concordia University's gym in downtown Montreal. They spoke about the team, the workout, and growing up in hockey skates.

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Dinosaur Unearthed

dinosaurs unearthed.jpgLife-sized animatronic dinosaurs are roaming the Montreal Science Centre!They've just been unpacked from 40-foot crates after a trip around the world and they're part of a new exhibition called Dinosaurs Unearthed. Apart from the animatronic dinos, there are fossils, life-sized skeletons and recent scientific discoveries.

Teresa White is special project manager for the exhibition - and for the company in British Columbia that created it. She spoke with Sonali Karnick from her Vancouver office.

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Bilingual Quebec

Parents in Quebec who want their children to learn English - and who don't qualify to send their children to English schools - are looking around for different options. This is part of a series on those options, put together by the CBC's Catou Makinnon in Quebec City.

One of the options she's explored is the summer camp. Some parents send their kids to Ontario or the United States. But Julie Sauvé created her own English immersion camp in the Laurentians, just south of Mont-Tremblant park. It's called "La Grande Aventure en Anglais" and Catou visited the camp during the summer.

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Louise Penny - "A Trick of the Light"

The village of Three Pines - like Brigadoon - has reappeared again, in a patch of sunlight in the Eastern Townships. Louise Penny's 7th Inspector Gamache mystery novel takes us back to the cosy fictional town where murders are alarmingly frequent.

atrickofthelight_lrgside.jpgHer latest novel is titled "A Trick of the Light".

And Louise Penny readers will already be familiar with the regulars, the residents of Three Pines: Artists Peter and Clara, Myrna the psychologist and book store owner, the acid-tongued poet Ruth, and bistro owners Gabri and Olivier. Not to mention soulful chief inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec.

Like her previous three novels, "A Trick of the Light" has landed on the New York Times bestseller list - this time at its highest position, 4th place. And, for the first time, it's on the Canadian bestseller lists - for the Globe and Mail and Canadian Booksellers Association.

Here's her conversation with Jeanette Kelly in two parts: first the book, then the business of writing and publishing.

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Info : Louise Penny will be this week at the Quebecrime festival in Quebec City on October 28th.

Home After All Those Years

(Natacha Pisarenko/AP Photo)Jean Beliveau left his home in Montreal 11 years ago. At the age of 45, he was running away, literally - he ran all the way to Atlanta, Georgia. Then he decided to slow down to a walk. He walked 75,000 kilometers across 64 countries.

And with the help of his wife, Luce - who cheered him on from Quebec - he found a purpose along the way. His solo journey around the globe became a way to support peace and non-violence for children. Jean Beliveau arrives back home, after all that time, today.

Jeanette Kelly caught up with him the day before he arrived home.

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Yoga - Inspired World Travellers

gal_07.jpgIn a new documentary, Planete Yoga, Montreal filmmaker, Carlos Ferrand, takes a trip around the planet. He's on a quest to discover why traditional Indian yoga has spread around the world.

Among others, Ferrand follows a yoga prof travelling to Nunavut - who ends up teaching yoga to male prisoners in India. Then there's a father and daughter from Vancouver who leave their North American family behind. They live simply in India, dressed in saffron robes, the daughter picking up garbage in the street, her father sitting on a bed meditating for the past 38 years.

Ferrand also discovers that one of the first ambassadors of yoga in North America set up a centre right here in downtown Montreal. And he finds a yogi in India who brings the Occidental quest for materialism together with the Oriental desire for enlightenment.

Carlos Ferrand's film, Planete Yoga, screens this week at the Festival du nouveau cinema and opens in cinemas on October 28th. Here he is in conversation with guest host, Jeanette Kelly

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Looking For A Bilingual Dialogue For Change

IMG00115-20111012-0805.jpgLater today, the Wall Street protests will be echoed around the world - and across the province. Under the banners - Occupy Montreal, Occupy Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec City, Saguenay - everyone is being invited to join in what they're calling 'an unprecedented dialogue that will change the world."

(And here in Quebec, it's a bilingual dialogue that participants are aiming for.)

"We are the 99 percent" is one of the popular slogans for the event....the idea being that only one percent of the world's population actually controls it. And the rest of us are shut out of the decisions that shape our lives.

Nikolaos Gryspolakis is one of the organizers of Occupy Montreal. This past summer, when he went back to Greece to visit family, he took part in protests in there as well. Here in Montreal, he's also a physics teacher at Dawson College and a teacher of Greek.

He talked to guest host, Jeanette Kelly.

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Surviving Progress Or Where Do We Go From Here?

In 2004 Canadian historian Ronald Wright, wrote  "A Short History of Progress" for the CBC Massey Series. His book explores humanity's "experiment with civilization." He's also lent his voice and ideas to the new documentary based on the book. It's called Surviving Progress.

tt.pngWright's radio lectures have now been turned into a smart and compelling piece of cinema by an experienced team, including executive producers Martin Scorsese and Mark Achbar - who made the critically acclaimed documentaries "Manufacturing Consent" and "The Corporation." Not to mention the participation in the film of Margaret Atwood, Jane Goodall, Steven Hawking and David Suzuki.

Quebec filmmaker Mathieu Roy co-wrote and co-directed with former Montrealler Harold Crooks. Crooks was also co-writer on The Corporation and writer for Bhopal: the search for justice."

Surviving Progress plays tonight at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal - and opens in cinemas on November 4th.

Guest host, Jeanette Kelly, talked to Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks.

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Translating in Trois-Rivières : A Peak Into Life In One Of Quebec's 'Frenchest' Cities

Earlier this week, the finalists for the Governor-General's literary awards were announced. And Judith Cowan found herself once again on the list.

She won a "GG" in 2004 for her translation of "Lignes Aériennes" by Pierre Nepveu - which became "Mirabel". This year, she gets the nod for translation of Paul Bélanger's poetry collection "Origines des méridiens".

Judith Cowan spoke to guest host, Jeanette Kelly, from her home in Trois-Rivières.

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Paleolithic Art

My next guest has suffered for his art -- Paleolithic art, Stone-Age art. He's wedged himself into tiny tunnels and explored the world's oldest art galleries by flashlight.

Professor Randall White is currently heading up the excavation of a 37,000-year-old site in southwestern France. He is one of the world's leading experts on paleolithic art, and also teaches Anthropology at New York University. Randall White's research delves into the origins of art as we know it -- and it asks why we started creating sculptures, cave paintings and jewellery in the first place.

This Thursday, October 13, he will be giving a lecture at the Université du Quebec à Montreal.

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Bollywood Dance Workshop

When they see an injustice, some people join a protest march or write a letter to the editor. Others start a theatre company. Our guest, Rahul Varma, is one of the founding members of Teesri Duniya. It's a Montreal theatre company that exclusively puts up plays that focus on social issues. Their motto is "Change the world, one play at a time", although that doesn't mean they don't have fun.

Teesri Duniya is organizing a Bollywood dance workshop on Saturday, Oct 15--that's next Saturday.

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Cranberries!

Whether or not you're a fan of cranberry sauce with your Thanksgiving turkey - you may be interested in two new guided tours around a cranberry bog. The tours take you right through the cranberry bogs of Canada's biggest grower and producer - Atoka Cranberries.

The Bieler family cranberry business is based in and around St-Louis-de-Blandford. This year for the first time, the nearby Cranberry Interpretation Centre is running tours of the cranberry bogs - and of the ecosystem that has grown up around them. And this is the weekend to go see them! There are acres of ruby red berries floating on the waters of the artificial bog created by the Bielers.

Marie Bieler has grown used to the sight - but still loves it. She's in charge of public relations for Atoka Cranberries. But she's also an agronomist - and the one responsible for the new guided tours.

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(Encore) Preservation Society

preserves.jpgBack in August we spoke with Camilla Wynne - who, you may recall, is a pastry chef - and a pickler and preserver. She owns a small specialty company in Montreal called the Preservation Society.

And at the time, she was offering a workshop at the Dépanneur le Pick-up in Montreal. She ended up doing two - and they were so popular that now a third is being offered on pickling and preserving - this Monday night, October 10th. Fresh ingredients, wonderful names, bright colours and creative combinations are obviously a hit in this harvest season. As is good advice on how to preserve safely!

If you'd like to reserve your spot : natasha.pickowicz@gmail.com

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Nogoodniks

Adrian Norvid spends part of his time as a much-loved art professor at Concordia University. But the rest of his time is spent in a wacky parallel universe -- where he makes art based on such universal themes as... what Neil Young's lungs must look like.

He's just released his first book of drawings, called "Nogoodniks." It comes with a slew of glowing recommendations -- and all of them have been completely made up by Adrian. Like this one from James Kill-it-off-quick at The Every Other Sunday Times: "Stay well clear of this book."

Adrian Norvid joins Geeta in studio.

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Harvest Brunch

For this holiday weekend, we thought we'd help you prepare a meal for friends and family. Not a turkey and stuffing. But a harvest brunch - a mid-day meal full of the bounty of the season.

And for that, we've called again on Derek Bocking, sous-chef at the French bistro Beaver Hall in Montreal. Derek Bocking writes about food on a regular basis on his blog Derek's Kitchen. This week, the subject is pumpkin - roasted pumpkin to be exact.

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Celtic Harmonies Festival

The Tannahill Weavers will be performing this weekend at the Celtic Harmonies Festival in the Townships. There's a Who's Who of Celtic music camped out in the region.... Scots, Irish, Welsh. And they're celebrating Celtic culture and music with some of Quebec's best Celtic players.

Desi Wilkinson is a traditional flute player and singer from Belfast and a specialist in Celtic music and conflict.  He teaches folk and traditional music at the International Centre for Music Studies in Newcastle. And he has written widely on Celticism.

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Adam Cohen joins the family business

adam cohen.jpgAfter an absence of almost six years from the music scene, Adam Cohen is back with a new album. "Like a Man" is his fourth record, but it's a new beginning - after he almost gave up the business altogether. It's got a familiar sound. You can hear traces of the lyrical and musical style of his father, Leonard Cohen, as well as an echo of that 'golden voice.'

Guest host Jeanette Kelly spoke to Adam Cohen.

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Dirty Feet

awumey_edem_cover.jpgThe novel "Dirty feet" ("Les pieds sales" in its original French) is written by a Quebec-based author, born in Togo. Edem Awumey's novel was a finalist for one of the highest literary awards in France, le Prix Goncourt. Now it's available in an English translation by GG award-winning translator, Lazer Lederhendler.

It's the story of a young man who leaves his native African village to look for his father. The father left years earlier, likely for Paris. The dirty feet in the title are the feet of the millions of people who - like him -wander the earth, looking for a place to settle. The novel questions our impulse to uproot ourselves and travel, whether for economic reasons or some sort of personal quest.

Lazer Lederhendler spoke to Jeanette Kelly about re-creating Awumey's novel in English.

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French Immersion with Kevin Tierney

kevin and jacob tierney.jpgNext Saturday night, you could be at the movies watching French Immersion. It's the new bilingual movie from the producer and co-writer of Bon cop, bad cop - Kevin Tierney.

For the first time, there's a real who's who of Canadian film and television, both English and French, together onscreen. There's Fred Ewanuick from Corner Gas... Martha Burns from Love and Savagery and TV's Slings and Arrows... Gavin Crawford from This Hour Has 22 Minutes... Trotsky director (and Kevin's son) Jacob Tierney... and Olunike Adeliyi from How to Stay Sane in Paris. On the French side, the school headmistress is played by Pascale Bussières, Karine Vanasse is one of the teachers, and rocker Robert Charlebois makes his big-screen debut as a Senator.

Kevin Tierney (above, with son Jacob) co-wrote the screenplay, produces and makes his directing debut with French Immersion. He talked to Jeanette Kelly about the challenges and pleasures of making a bilingual movie.

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Market Chronicles

bell peppers.jpgOur guest host Jeanette Kelly has discovered a common passion shared with our next guest... sour cherries. The cherries her mother and she used to bake pies - the red sour ones - in her Ontario childhood. To her delight, this week she discovered that sour cherries are available here in Quebec... but they're precious and scarce.

That's just one of the discoveries she made reading a new book by Montreal journalist and gourmet, Susan Semenak. It's called Market Chronicles. The market is Montreal's Jean Talon market in Little Italy. In a thick book full of photos, Susan tells the stories of the people who bring the produce to market from season to season and shares recipes.

Susan Semenak joins Jeanette in-studio on All in a Weekend.

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Peter Quanz's Rodin/Claudel

rodin photo.jpgA young Canadian dance star is rehearsing his first full-length ballet in North America with the Grands ballets canadiens.

Choreographer Peter Quanz has already produced works for London's Royal Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company, the American Ballet Theatre and a company in Siberia. 

These days, he's in Montreal working on the ballet Rodin/Claudel which is inspired by the passionate, tragic love story of two great French sculptors - the well-known Auguste Rodin (The Thinker) and his lesser known young lover, Camille Claudel. Camille Claudel was also a very talented sculptor (some even think Rodin stole some of her ideas) but she ended up in an asylum for  the last 30 years of her life. It's a story that has fascinated the French.

There's a biography written about Camille Claudel and a feature film starring Isabelle Adjani and Gerard Dépardieu. In fact, Peter Quanz will be at the Cinématheque quebecoise later today to introduce a screening of Camille Claudel, the movie.

Peter Quanz spoke to guest host Jeanette Kelly.

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