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December 2011 Archives

Ross Murray wishes us a merry "little" Christmas

1326820_christmas_tree_bauble.jpgRoss Murray is among those who believe Christmas has gotten too big and too tacky.

In his special holiday message, our columnist from Stanstead offers his wishes for a merry little Christmas - with the emphasis on "little."

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A special Christmas tree in Sherbrooke

DSCN0823.JPGDrive by the Marché de la Gare in Sherbrooke and you can't miss the Christmas tree. It stands about 60 feet tall, and glows with about 30-thousand lights. This year's tree is a spruce from a farm in St-Edwidge-de-Clifton. Organizers say it's THE tallest -- natural -- illuminated -- tree in Canada. It's the SECOND year in a row Sherbrooke is claiming that title.

The CBC's Rachelle Solomon met up with one of the Christmas market organizers in Sherbrooke. She and Guillaume Belhumeur headed over to the Market to see the record-setting tree...

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Moose Lodge in Fermont, Quebec

fermont (on r-c).jpgThis time of year always reminds us to be generous with others. But there are everyday acts of generosity across the province. The CBC's Marika Wheeler recently made a trip to the booming mining town of Fermont, near the Labrador border. She dropped by one of the places that does a lot of charitable work there. It's called 'the Moose" in town. It's formal name is the Moose Lodge.

Marika Wheeler sat down with Jean-Pierre Marcotte. He's been involved at the Moose for about a decade. And he told Marika about what the organization does for the community.

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday update

It's the day before Christmas, so hopefully you've finished buying all your gifts. Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec ideas on what to do once you've finished stuffing the turkey.
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Ski report with Kevin Gasior

kevin gasior edited 2.JPGOur ski columnist Kevin Gasior joins me on some great deals on the slopes of Vermont for Quebeckers.

And about getting to the hills even if you don't have a car.

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The Guru and the Bunny

Kirsten RasmussenThe 15th annual Wildside Festival at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal gets going on January 3rd. It opens with a one-woman play that won the Best of the Fringe Award this spring. Kirsten Rasmussen plays both a self-help guru and a bunny rabbit. It's called Blink, Blink, Blink.

Kirsten Rasmussen also wrote the play. She joined our host Ange-Aimee in studio.

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Tracking down Santa's progress

Santa Claus sets out on his round-the-world flight today. And the people in charge of aerospace security for North America are tracking his every movement. The North American Aerospace Defense Command has been giving us updates on Santa's progress every Christmas since 1958.

Royal Canadian Navy Lieutenant Alain Blondin is down at NORAD headquarters in Colorado.

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Pastry chef Nick Malgieri with tips and suggestions for holiday baking

OrangeCake13.jpgIt's time to bring out the butter, sugar and flour. Some holiday treats are just tradition but you may want to add something new to your dessert repertoire. Acclaimed Pastry chef Nick Malgieri has already been a guest on the show and gave some great tips on fall baking so we called him back for adding something different to the table this holiday season. He's the author of several cookbooks including Bake! Essential techniques for perfect baking.

Nick Malgieri spoke to All In A Weekend from New York.

Chocolate Orange Hazelnut Tart

Sicilian Fig Bars

Mod Baker Orange Olive Oil Cake

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday update

Cirque du Soleil, Christmas in Alsace via Old Montreal and outdoor ice skating with Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec.

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The Habs fire Jacques Martin

The Montreal Canadiens tested out their new coach Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils in a losing effort. Just before the game against the Devils, the Canadiens organisation announced they had fired Jacques Martin and placed assistant Randy Cunneyworth in the head coach spot until the end of the season. Allen Mendelsson blogs about the Habs and Corey Collard is the host of radio sports center's Montreal Hockey Talk online.

Allen and Corey spoke with Sonali Karnick about the aftermath of the change behind the bench.

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"Christmas Present" with comedians Scott Faulconbridge and David Pryde

Thumbnail image for tree10.pngComedian Scott Faulconbridge and his guest David Pryde (from the Comedy Nest show "A Scott Faulconbridge Christmas") join Sonali Karnick once again in studio.

This time, they tackle the joys of Christmas Present.

For Scott and David, the holidays are different now that they have children of their own. And there are adult issues too: will that be turkey or roast beef??

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Winter solstice at the Morgan Arboretum

fmalogo_large.jpgThe Morgan Arboretum - as you may know - is a forest reserve at the western tip of the island of Montreal. It's part of McGill University's Macdonald Campus in Ste Anne de Bellevue. Most of Quebec's native trees grow there, along with 18 collections of trees and shrubs, from around the world. And it's also home to dozens of species of mammals and 170 species of birds. The public can birdwatch, hike or snowshoe there too.

The Morgan Arboretum will be holding an event to mark the winter solstice in the woods (the actual solstice - the shortest day of the year - is this Thursday). There will be bird-watching and family activities there during the holidays too.

The Morgan Arboretum's Chris Cloutier spoke with Sonali Karnick.

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Swiss cheese?! Ask columnist Ross Murray

Thumbnail image for swiss cheese.jpgThe Christmas season is a time of enchantment for kids. But for parents, maintaining that magic can have them talking in code.

Our regular columnist Ross Murray tiptoes into that holiday minefield and ho-ho-hopes for the best.

 

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APTN series - Working it out together

Tracey-Deer_400.jpgAs we head into 2012, a lot of us are thinking about getting healthier. That's the starting point for the TV series "Working It Out Together" airing on APTN.

But the six participants in this show -all members of the First Nations community of Kahnawake - have to do more than abdominal crunches. They also have to face up to some tough realities - like parental abuse, alcohol and drug addiction.

Tracey Deer (above) is the creator of Working It Out Together. She spoke with Sonali Karnick about the series.

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Tourism Quebec : Saturday update

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec on Christmas markets with a twist: trains, ferris wheels and speed dating.
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Ski report with Kevin Gasior

kevin gasior edited 2.JPGAll In A Weekend's Kevin Gasior has deals and ski conditions for this weekend on The Ski Report.

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Bûche de Noël

Christmas logAfter a traditional Christmas dinner, it's time to bring on the dessert. And in Quebec, and in many French-speaking parts of the world, one of the traditional holiday desserts is the Bûche de Noël or Christmas log. Usually these are made by rolling up a thin sponge cake, filled with jelly or cream. The finishing touch is the icing, applied to make the cake look like the bark on a log.

The log-shape is meant to represent a log - the Yule Log. This was traditionally a carefully chosen piece of wood for the holiday fire. Its ashes were said to have magical powers. And it was supposed to burn longer than any other log, some legends say, for 12 straight hours. The dessert version doesn't last quite so long at the dinner table. Especially the more recent ice-cream version of the Bûches de Noël.

This week, the CBC's Rachelle Solomon was in Coaticook, in the Eastern Townships. She dropped by the Laiterie de Coaticook which makes two varieties of the Christmas ice cream logs: maple toffee, and chocolate. Rachelle took a tour with factory coordinator Marc Faubert.

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A Christmas Carol: playing Scrooge

Montreal's legendary Rialto Theatre is once again offering their own spin on the classic holiday story A Christmas Carol. They match Charles Dickens' words with musical numbers. And you can see performances in both English and French! On top of that, all profits from the shows benefit Montreal charities. Additionally, drop off boxes for non-perishable food items and children's toys will be placed at the entrance to the theatre.

James Milvain plays the star role of Scrooge and spoke to Sonali Karnick about playing the iconic character.

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Comedians Scott Faulconbridge & David Pryde:"Christmas Past"

CBC_recipe-revealed_sugar-cookie_2_finished.jpgIt's good to have a sense of humour at any time of year. But at Christmas, it's a survival tool.

We've convened a couple of comedian friends to help us see the lighter side of the holiday craziness.

(They also all happen to be appearing in a comedy show coming up on Thursday and Friday at the Comedy Nest. The show's called A Very Scott Faulconbridge Christmas.)

Scott Faulconbridge and David Pryde spoke with Sonali Karnick about Christmases Past.

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CBC radio's top 50 artists of 2011 list

top50artists2011logo_584x239.jpgVote for your favourite in CBC Radio's Top 50 Artists of 2011 list, featuring both Canadian and international artists. Click on the link and see how you can participate.

Ross Murray on meditation

21649_business_buddha.jpgColumnist Ross Murray tells us to how to stay calm during the Christmas holidays. Or, as he puts it, "Ommmm for the holidays."

 

 

 

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The Nutcracker through time

1120965_nutcracker_5.jpgThe Nutcracker is a celebrated holiday classic. The Christmas ballet has been re-imagined and performed in cities around the world, including Montreal. The Grands Ballets Canadiens will soon mark the 50th anniversary of its original Quebec production. But the Nutcracker wasn't a hit when it was first performed in Saint Petersburg, Russia, back in 1892.

Here to explain the production's history is Vincent Warren. He's not only a former star dancer with the Grands Ballets Canadiens, but also a dance historian.

Vincent Warren spoke with Sonali Karnick about the production.

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The women of Fermont

fermont (on r-c).jpgThe northern mining town of Fermont near the Labrador border has become something of a poster child for the Plan Nord. (That's the massive development plan for Quebec's north.)

While most of the men in Fermont work at the mine, a lot of the local women are developing plans of their own. They've started opening up their own businesses.

The CBC's Marika Wheeler spent a week in Fermont and spoke to All In A Weekend about the working women of the community.

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Christmas worldwide

header-activite-pere-noel.jpgSanta Clauses come in all shapes and sizes. From the man in the red suit that shows up in all the Christmas movies to a little old Italian lady called la Befana. Every year the Pointe-a-Calliere museum down by the old port in Montreal shines a light on the different faces of Christmas. And every year, there's a different cast of characters. This is actually the 17th year it's been telling us the history of the holiday!

Francine Labrosse is the cultural activities coordinator at Pointe-a-Calliere and spoke with Sonali Karnick.

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday update

A sugar-shack for the holidays! Tourism Quebec's Micheline Lachance talks skiing and sugar-shacking for your Sunday activity list.
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Tourism Quebec: Saturday update

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has an activity list for Quebecers today.
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Ski report with Kevin Gasior

kevin gasior edited 2.JPGKevin Gasior spoke with All In A Weekend about the 24 hours of Tremblant and today's ski conditions in Quebec.
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Grand Prix final of figure skating in Quebec City

virtue-moir-111030-620-thumb-620xauto-143945.jpgQuebec City hosts one of the most prestigious figure skating competitions in the world this weekend. The International Skating Union Grand Prix Final is this weekend at Expocité Quebec. The skaters in the Grand Prix series are from the world's elite.

Canada's Patrick Chan competes in the men's event and in the pairs, Montreal's Megan Duhamel and Eric Radford take the ice. You can watch the ISU Grand Prix final on CBC TV.

And you'll see Scott Russell live from Quebec City for CBC Sports weekend but he spoke with Sonali Karnick before Saturday's competition.

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l'Echoppe des fromages and the art of the platter

Max Dubois, l'echoppe.jpgWith the holiday season in full swing, we're often feeding groups of people. One of the most essential parts of a Quebec dinner party is the cheese platter. There's so much that you can try - so many artisanal cheeses made in Quebec. But where to start?

Sonali Karnick dropped by l'Échoppe des fromages in Saint-Lambert, a 22-year old establishment on Montreal's south shore. Max Dubois is the owner, and he's one of the most  knowledgeable cheese lovers in the province. His shop is the proof.

Take a look around l'Échoppe with Sonali Karnick.

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Ross Murray on cougar sightings, sort of

Courtesy of sxc.huThere's been another spate of cougar sightings in the Townships - actual cougars, the Eastern cougar to be exact... not the older woman predator type.

Our columnist Ross Murray says it seems everyone knows someone who's seen one. This week, Ross talks about some pretty outlandish big-cat sightings, and speculates about the disappearance of his own lost house cats.

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Tokaya : flexible fashion

tokaya edited.jpgThe idea for the Tokaya clothing company literally fell from the sky. Karine Provost and Karine Lemelin met on the drop zone after a skydiving expedition. Their friendship soon grew into a clothing business.

The two Karines wanted to produce items that are not only practical but environmentally and socially responsible. Their products include a convertible dress, top and even maternity wear.

Tokaya is at the Salon des métiers d'arts this week in Montreal but you'll usually just find them online. They dropped by our studio.

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Montreal's Nomad Festival

nomad edited.jpgCatch them in town while you can! The Nomad Festival is back in Montreal this week, celebrating Mauritanian culture with music, film and storytelling. This year, it even has an authentic souk or bazaar in what they're calling the Nomad Village.

The Nomad Festival is the brainchild of Atigh Ould, originally from Mauritania in Western Africa. Sonali Karnick had tea and tagine with Atigh at his restaurant La Khaima. 

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday update

A comics (or bande dessinée) exposition and Christmas-themed acitivities around the province with Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec.
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Quebec Replay: Japanese mushrooms in northern Quebec

Last week, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food invited researchers and members of the media to lunch in Quebec City. The banquet was made up entirely of delicacies from the North. It was a sort of showcase for a less well-known element of the Plan Nord - the development of so-called biofoods.

Among the most promising of the foods - wild mushrooms, matsutakes. Exports of the Matsutake mushrooms account for a $500 million dollar industry. And most of them are exported to Japan!

The CBC's Julia Caron spoke with Pierre Chevrier about the crop and its future in Quebec's north. He's vice president of the Commission of Natural Resources and Development for the James Bay territory.

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Ski report with Kevin Gasior

kevin gasior edited 2.JPGBargains for families on the slopes!

Kevin Gasior's ski report this week features deals for the whole family and what's hot on the hills.

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"Bite Me!" : the cookbook that encourages you to play with food

bite me.jpg"Bite me" is a cookbook with a generous pinch of irreverence. The recipes include titles like "The Totally Tubular Burger" and "Lustful Creamy Chicken Fettucine."

Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat are the authors of "Bite Me." The real-life sisters originally self-published the cookbook. It's now gone on to sell more than 20,000 copies.

Julie and Lisa came to the All In A Weekend studio.

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Feist in Quebec

Courtesy of the CBCNot so long ago, Leslie Feist sold her own albums by the side of the stage after shows. Then she was dancing in sequins to her song "1-2-3-4" in a now-legendary iPod commercial.

Now with her third album, Metals, Feist has gone back to her artsy independent roots with a low-tech, stripped-down sound. Saturday night she plays a sold-out show in Montreal, and she'll be in Quebec City on Tuesday.

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Jamie Bell plays Tintin

British actor Jamie Bell plays Tintin in the motion-capture animation version of the beloved comic book. (Yves Logghe/AP)Stephen Speilberg and Peter Jackson have taken the comic-strip Tintin to a whole new level. The two film-making giants used motion-capture technology  to bring the comic-book character to the big screen. And now they're bringing the film to Quebec first - for its North American run.

The voice of Tintin in the English version of the film is Jamie Bell. (His breakthrough role was the movie Billy Eliott in 2000.) Jamie was in Montreal for the avant-première and spoke with Sonali Karnick.

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday update

Tourism Quebec's Micheline Lachance talks about activities that take us from St-Jerome to Rome to India, via Montreal and Quebec City.
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