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November 2011 Archives

Weihnachtsmarkt: German Christmas market in Quebec City!

photosoir.jpgA German tradition returns to Quebec City. This is the third year for the  "Weihnachtsmarkt" or Christmas Market. The little village of kiosks outside of city hall features some of the traditional staples of a German market - including mulled wine or Gluwein, gingerbread, chocolate, and handicrafts.

Olivia Lexhaller is the director of the German Association that organizes the Christmas Market.

She's been busy baking apple loaves all week but she took a moment to speak with Sonali Karnick.

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Akhtar Naraghi: On the train to my village

LAnse-au-Griffon_01.jpgAuthor Akhtar Naraghi was born in Iran, and she has travelled and lived all over the world. But for more than a decade, her heart has drawn her to a tiny village in the Gaspé called Anse-Au-Griffon (left).

She's launching her latest book,"On the Train to My Village" this weekend in Montreal, but it's a tribute to her Gaspé town and its people.

Akhtar Naraghi spoke with Sona about her love affair with the Gaspé.

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Ross Murray on competing with the kids

ross murray headshot.jpgColumnist Ross Murray is back with a column about beating your own games, of course.

Ross Murray lives in the Eastern Townships where he writes a weekly humour column for The Sherbrooke Record.  He's also published a collection of "true and mostly true tales" called You're Not Going to Eat That, Are You?

This week, Ross struggles with his competitive instincts as he sits down to play games with his kids.

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Daniel Lavoie gives his old hits new life

Lavoie-bio.jpgAfter forty years and 22 albums, singer/songwriter Daniel Lavoie had to whittle his career down to just 11 songs. In his new collection, "J'écoute la radio", Lavoie re-recorded some of his favorite songs with some of his favorite artists and also adds new music to his repertoire. He's been at the top of the charts in the Francophone world with hits such as "Qui Sait" and  "Jours de plaine" but now they have a different sound for the Manitoba native.

Daniel Lavoie spoke to Sonali Karnick about his new CD and his new perspective.

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday update

Tourism Quebec's Micheline Lachance has some Sunday activity suggestions; from tea on a train to a decorated village just east fo Quebec City.
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Quebec Replay: Quebec Art Company, all in the family

image3401.pngThe Quebec Art Company marks its 30 anniversary this year. The English-language amateur troupe stages musicals and dramas in Quebec City. This fall, the big musical number is Guys and Dolls - the story of gambling, gangsters and love in New York City.

And, not for the first time, this play showcases the talents of an entire family. The Dickinsons - grandma, grandpa, their son and their grand-daughter - all have parts to play.

The CBC's Rachelle Solomon headed over to a rehearsal of Guys and Dolls at Holland School earlier this week.

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Eco-Wrapping at the Biosphere

130294_symmetrics.jpgWe all want a white Christmas. But more and more of us want it to be green too. That's where the Biosphere can help.

Every year they hold an annual Green Christmas event. Their Eco-Fair starts next weekend, but this weekend, you can learn the art of 'eco-wrapping."

René Brunet from the Biosphere returns to All in a Weekend this year to tell us about the workshop and what's new and green.

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Ski report with Kevin Gasior

804195_sun_on_the_slopes.jpgThe ski season is officially open. And to help us look ahead at the season and check out conditions on the hills this weekend, we've called on Kevin Gasior.

He's a longtime skier and ski instructor who also happens to work for Ski Banff Lake Louise Sunshine - which has partners across Quebec and the northeastern United States. I guess you could call him a 'ski ambassador.'

Oh, and Kevin is also a stand-up comic.

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Holiday Train heads out from Beaconsfield

CP_HT_023_hr.jpgAll of the lights and decorations on the train cars can only mean one thing. The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train rolls out tomorrow in Beaconsfield. It's the longest running fundraiser on wheels and it's become a great source of supply for food banks.

The CP Holiday Train travels to communities north and south of the border, collecting money and goods for local food programs. You can also see performances from the boxcar that's been turned into a mobile stage.

Kevin Hrysak is one of the elves with the holiday train and he spoke with Sonali Karnick.

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday update

Tourism Quebec's Micheline Lachance talks about things to do on a rainy day this weekend in Quebec, including dinosaurs that seem to come to life, some hockey nostalgia and photo journalism. 

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Le Naked Lunch

web2009med.jpgLe Naked Lunch takes canned food to another level. Smoked meat made from duck breast or beef, shepherd's pie made with game meat and thai soup are just some of specialties from Le Naked Lunch. The company is based in Sainte-Sophie in the Laurentians.

It's the brainchild Dominque Lamontagne, Amélie Dion and Denis Noel who were sick and tired of working long, exhausting hours in their catering and restaurant business. The result was a refuge to the mountains and going back to comfort food with a modern and sometimes exotic twist.

Dominique Lamontagne is one of the people behind Le Naked Lunch and he spoke with Sonali Karnick.

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Ross Murray on f-bombs and shrimp

1097409_prawn.jpgColumnist Ross Murray joins us this Sunday on All in a Weekend!

Ross Murray writes a weekly humour column for The Sherbrooke Record. Last year, he published his first collection of "true and mostly true tales" called You're Not Going to Eat That, Are You?. You may remember that Ross also used to review the papers for us on weekend mornings a while back.

More recently, he's been on CBC Radio's Breakaway in Quebec City, giving his point of view on everything from parenting to the history of garbage.  Usually, Ross tries to keep it funny and clean, but this week he gives us fair warning that his segment contains language that listeners may find..."flumping"  ridiculous!

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Adrian Anantawan : virtual music and adaptive instruments

bamfield_jpg_opt889x592o0,0s889x592.jpgViolinist Adrian Anantawan is the invited soloist at a concert this week with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra. He's not just your average virtuoso. Adrian was born without a right hand.
But he's managed to overcome that, and then some.

He's an award-winning musician who's performed as a soloist for orchestras across Canada - not to mention stints at Carnegie Hall, the White House, and for Pope John Paul II. The Globe and Mail called him 'a rising star in classical music.' Adrian Anantawan is also a national spokesperson for the War Amps of Canada devoted to making the arts accessible to everyone.

He co-founded a National Arts Centre training program for young musicians.
And he helped create what's called the Virtual Chamber Music Initiative. It allows handicapped music-lovers to experience orchestral music through a virtual instrument.

Adrian is currently at Harvard Graduate School researching the role of adaptive instruments. He spoke with Sonali Karnick.

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday update

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec talks about things to do in the province on Sunday.
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Carrément Rose captures the hearts of students at Collège Regina Assumpta

carrement_banniere2.jpgSome lessons go way beyond the classroom. Students at Collège Regina Assumpta in Ahuntsic are part of a year-long project called Carrément Rose, an awareness and fundrasing campaign for breast cancer. One of the projects was a photography assignment called Portrait Rose.

Students took pictures of people affected by breast cancer using the color pink. Those photos are up for auction today at Etienne-Desmarteau arena during a Canadian Women's Hockey league game between Montreal and Boston.

Nicolas Teolis is in secondary three at Regina Assumpta and has a special photo up for auction on Saturday.

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday update

1219898_old_books____2.jpgMicheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec joins us for a new regular column highlighting events and activities in the province. It's a shortlist of the best bets for having fun on weekends. This Saturday - it's the Salon du Livre in Montreal and the Santa Claus parades in Montreal and Quebec City.

Micheline also introduces us to Tourism Quebec's services - and how you can plan your own adventures at

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Pascale Picard Band kicks off Quebec tour

pascale picard (RC photo).jpgQuebec City's Pascale Picard Band debuted their latest album A Letter to No One this spring at number 4 on the Canadian albums chart.

Pascale Picard will be performing the new songs in Quebec City tonight, and Montreal later this week.

You may remember that Pascale's award-winning first album - Me, Myself and Us - sold 300,000 copies. A pretty impressive feat!

Pascale Picard spoke to Sonali Karnick before heading out to Quebec City.

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Endre Farkas honoured by the Quebec Writers Federation

On Tuesday night, the Quebec Writers' Federation will be awarding its annual Community Award to Endre Farkas.

Endre Farkas is a veteran poet, playwright and teacher. He's also a founding editor of Véhicule Press in Montreal. And he helped to start up two other English writers' organizations - including QSPELL, a forerunner of the QWF which is giving him his award! Endre's worked at getting poetry to the people any way he can, from a new online poetry magazine to getting poems on the sides of 800 Montreal buses.

Endre spoke with Sonali Karnick.

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Quebec Replay: Thetford school calls up Space Station

shutt-docked-thumb-207x207-79056.jpgThis week, students in Thetford Mines made an amazing long-distance phone call to an astronaut orbiting the earth in the International Space Station!

It all started with one student who applied to NASA and then gathered up questions from the students at the school.

The CBC's Rachelle Solomon in Quebec City brings us the story - and part of that earth-to-astronaut call.

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Maybe we can blame everything on our parents...

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In her book My Beautiful Genome, Danish neurobiologist and science writer Lone Frank goes on a personal quest to discover the role of genetics in our lives. 

She gets her genes tested for everything from her compatibility with her boyfriend to the probability that she'll develop gout. And she manages to maintain her sense of humour about it all.

Lone Frank concludes that "over the next decade, genetics will become as familiar to us as the personal computer."

The author spoke with Sonali Karnick on a visit to Montreal this week.

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Dr. Barry Dolman on taking care of our teeth

Thumbnail image for dolman.jpgDr. Barry Dolman has just been made the new president of the Quebec Order of Dentists. He's also the former head of the Canadian Dental Association and a dentist with over 35 years of experience.

He speaks with Sonali today about how he thinks we can best take care of our teeth. What he advises might surprise you! 

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Alouettes kicker Sean Whyte

alouettes.jpgIt's a battle of bird versus cat later today. The Montreal Alouettes - the reigning Grey Cup champions - play the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football League's East division semi-final at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

There's a lot of pressure on kicker Sean Whyte today but he's already proven he can take the heat.The B-C native was just nominated as the East division's Most Outstanding Canadian Player this season - and this is only his first year with the Alouettes.

Sean Whyte spoke to Sonali Karnick before the big game.

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Christmas bazaar season begins

UNI_3360.JPGThis weekend, the Christmas Fairyland in East Hereford marks the beginning of Christmas Bazaar season. 

Eva Marchesault is one of the organizers of the Christmas Fairyland. This morning, she spoke to Sonali from her workshop, where she's busy making - what else? - Christmas wreaths!

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The measure of a man

Lee JJ_cr_Melissa_Stephens.jpgIt's been said that the suit makes the man. Vancouver writer and former Montrealer J.J. Lee knows a thing or two about suits. His book, "The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and A Suit", is a love story to the suit and a memoir about his own conflicted relationship with his father. J.J. Lee is a finalist for this year's Governor General's award for non-fiction.

The very well-dressed JJ Lee spoke to All In A Weekend.


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Welterweight Manny Pacquiao

pacquiao-manny-101113.jpgFilipino boxer Manny Pacquiao is the Welterwieght World Champion with 53 wins in 58 professional matches - that includes 38 knockouts. He also happens to be an elected member of the Filipino congress - in his spare time.

Tonight, he fights in a world-welterweight showdown with Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez.

And Filipino pride is on the line for every punch he'll throw. The Montreal fans come out in droves whenever the boxer has a bout.

Filipino-Canadians Joseph Dean Maguidad and his brother José are Manny Pacquiao super-fans. They'll be watching the big fight tonight.

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Living together

See Yourself In Me.jpgThe Living Together program in Ville St-Laurent is one of a handful of Montreal organizations nominated for this year's YMCA Peace Medals. They're given out for promoting peace in the community.

The Living Together Program brings together youth from the Arab and Jewish communities in Ville St-Laurent.

Amanda Tetrault is the co-ordinator of the program and she spoke with Sonali Karnick.

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A slice of Will Ferguson's "Canadian Pie"

9780670064724H.jpgIf you have to calculate the percentage of your cultural background, then you must be Canadian.

Author and three-time Leacock Medal for Humour winner Will Ferguson has a new book out called Canadian Pie, a collection of articles and sometimes random thoughts about Ferguson's own journey of discovery about being Canadian.

Later this morning, he'll be at Books and Breakfast at the Centre Sheraton in Montreal.

But he took us all on a journey across the country earlier today, in studio, with our host, Sonali Karnick.

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Marie Saint-Pierre at Reitman's

Designers from Issac Mizrahi to Karl Lagerfield have created fashion lines for big-box stores. Now Reitman's is offering its first 'capsule' collection - and it's by Quebec designer Marie Saint-Pierre.

You know her designs. You've seen them on two Governors General - both Adrienne Clarkson and Michäel Jean. The ten party frocks she's created for Reitman's will be available later this week at a more attainable price for most. Another bold move from a gutsy designer.

Marie Saint-Pierre joined Sonali on the line.

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National Circus School try-outs across the province

528641_juggling_clubs.jpgKids, if you've ever wanted to run away to the circus, this is the time.

The National Circus School is holding try-outs across the province. The school is looking for talented young performers from ages 9 to 17. Today, they're in Rouyn-Noranda, they'll be back in Gatineau on Thursday and next Saturday, they'll be in Montreal. 

Howard Richard is one of the judges on the pre-selection tour. He's also director of creation at the National Circus School. He spoke with Sonali.

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Hilary MacLeod : gossip and murder!

12557340.jpgThe small village in The Shores never had so much to gossip about. The cast of quirky but loveable characters in Hilary MacLeod's Shores mystery series is back. And they all take a crack at solving the murder of one of their not-so-loveable neighbours.

Hilary MacLeod's new book "Mind over Mussels" is set in small-town Prince Edward Island and there's a lot more going on behind the doors of the quaint houses of The Shores than meets the eye.

Hilary MacLeod knows PEI but she's also at home in Montreal - she lived here for many years and is a former CBC broadcaster. Her first Shores mystery won the CBC Bookie award for Best Mystery book (as voted in by CBC book club members).

She stopped by to talk about the new book.

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Smart Shopping

Now that Halloween is over, shops and shopping malls are starting to put up the decorations for the holidays. It may seem a little early but it's could also be the perfect time to get that holiday shopping list taken care of.

Sandra Phillips knows there is always a good sale to be had, whether it's an open warehouse looking to get rid of inventory or an early holiday special. The Smart Shopping Montreal author and columnist has some cost-cutting tips to help you get the most out holiday shopping starting right now.

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Pastry chef to the rescue


Nick Malgieri has been baking, teaching and writing cookbooks for more than 30 years.  He's an inductee into the Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America. He's also director of the baking program at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City.

His latest cookbook The Modern Baker: Time-Saving Techniques for Breads, Tarts, Pies, Cakes and Cookies is now out in paperback.

Later on Saturday, he's offering a workshop at Appetite for Books in Montreal.

But first, Chef Malgieri spent a whole hour with us! He talked with Sonali about how he got into pastry-making and answered some text-queries about making perfect pastry. He also did a pretty great Julia Child imitation!


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