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March 2012 Archives

Summer In the City

Summer in the city.jpgA little boy named Charlie rediscovers his own neighborhood when he's forced to go on a "staycation" in the book Summer In The City.  It's the latest children's book by award-winning authors Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel.  They spoke with Sonali Karnick in studio.
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Stefano Faita's Easter Kitchen

Stefano Faita.jpgThere are dishes that Italians only make at Easter.  Chef Stefano Faita is taking full advantage of the season by making his favourite things this week to share with his family.  Sonali Karnick went to Stafano's Kitchen in Montreal's Little Italy to check out his Easter prep.




ricotta pie.jpgHere is the recipe for Ricotta Pie:

2 cups whole milk ricotta cheese
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup whipping cream
zest and juice from one lemon
1 whole vanilla bean (split the bean in two, scrape the seeds out and set the seeds aside)
1 frozen pie crust


Heat oven to 325F
Beat eggs until well aerated and bubbles are forming. Add sugar and beat until blended together. Mix in the ricotta, then add the lemon zest and juice and the vanilla and blend well.
Whip the cream until soft peaks form and incorporate into the ricotta mixture.
Pour mixture into the pie shell and bake for 1hr or until firm when a knife is inserted into the centre. Serve at room temperate or warm.

Crescia di Pasqua
150g grated parmesan
75g grated pecorino
75g grated montasio
200g prosciutto cotto, cubed
5 eggs
150ml olive oil
50g yeast
1/2 tsp. sugar
500g flour
a pinch of salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350F.  Heat a little milk until warm but not boiling.  Add yeast and sugar.  Stir and set aside to allow the yeast to activate. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, then add cheeses, prosciutto, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Mix yeast mixture into eggs. Gradually add flour until dough starts to come together and knead until smooth.  Place dough into a an oiled pan (high, fluted non-stick or a springform pan).  Cover with plastic wrap or a dampened towel and let rise for 30-45mins until volume is doubled. Bake for 45-55mins or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.


 


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Rocky Mountain Express premieres in Montreal

The first IMAX film featuring a Canadian subject, Rocky Mountain Express,  will be screened tonight at the Scotiaban Theatre in Montreal.  It's a fundraising event for the Canadian Railway Museum in St. Constant.
The IMAX format was invented in part by Canadian Colin Low whose son Stephen directed the film.  Sonali Karnick spoke with the film's producer, Alex Low who happens to be Stephen's brother.
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Ski report

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for kevin gasior edited 2.JPGKevin Gasior joins Sonali Karnick for the last time this season. As the ski season winds down, Kevin has suggestions for saving money on those lift tickets for next season and what activities are left for spring skiers. 

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Home repairs to recover from winter

Sure, you came through winter relatively intact.  But what about your house? Since autumn, your abode has put up with frigid  temperatures, snow storms, freezing rain and howling winds.

Jorge Rodrigues has some springtime suggestions for homeowners who are checking out the seasonal wear and tear.  Jorge is the owner of J-B Rodrigues and Associates, building contractors and consultants in Toronto and he spoke with Sonali Karnick.
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Tourism Quebec: Saturday Update

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has ideas for activities this weekend:

Imperfect health (Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal)

Quebec RV Show (Centre des foires, Expocité, Québec)

Professional bull riders (Bell Center, Montreal)

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Jehane Benoit: her life and her kitchen in Sutton

Jehanebenoit.gifJehane Benoit wrote the book on Canadian cuisine. She was one of Quebec's most renowned cooks, a pioneer her field and a bit of a free spirit in her personal life too! 
Sutton in the Eastern Townships, where she lived the last third of her life, is celebrating her achievements with a special exhibition that starts this weekend. You can actually step into her re-created kitchen at the Sutton Museum of Communications and History. Kenneth Hill  participated in the creation of that exhibition. He married to Susan Macdonald-Hill, the granddaughter of Jehane Benoit and spoke with Sonali Karnick.

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Marco Calliari's secret to success

MARCO_001_WEB_5X7_72dpi.jpgIt's not often that an album sells 40,000 copies in Quebec. It's even rarer to do that with an album entirely in Italian. But that's what Montreal singer-songwriter Marco Calliari just pulled off.
He has two other albums in his own Italo-Quebecois dialect that have also sold tens of thousands of copy.
But it's his second album Mia Dolce Vita, with his versions of traditional songs, that's been really popular and with French-speaking Quebeckers!
He's celebrating the coup with a show at the Cabaret du Mile End  next Friday.
Marco Calliari spoke with Sonali Karnick.

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Dr.Joe Schwartz on the science of pain

mini_science_sidebar.jpgPain can be a real pain sometimes. A McGill "mini-science" series gets underway this week to explore the problem in detail. It's called OUCH! - The science of pain from onset to relief.


Dr Joe Schwarz launches the series with a lecture on the history of our chemical conquest of pain.  He is the Director of the McGill Office for Science and Society and an award-winning teacher. He's also written several bestselling science books and appeared hundreds of times on Discovery Channel, CBC, CTV and in many other media.



Dr. Joe Schwartz spoke with Sonali Karnick about the chemical history of painkillers.

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Freestyle Skiers bring home hardware

Kingsbury.jpegDeudufour-lapointe-justine.jpgx-Montagne's Mikael Kingsbury and Montreal's Justine Dufour-Lapionte may be young (even for athletes) but they've beat veteran freestyle skiers all season on the World Cup circuit in moguls competition. Kingsbury almost broke a record with the number of World Cups he won this season and ended the season with the Crystal Globe, it's the sport's top prize.
He had company on the podium, Montreal's Justine Dufour-Lapointe. She finished the season with 8 World Cup podiums, chasing the Olympic mogul champion all the way.
Both Mikael Kingsbury and Justine Dufour-Lapointe joined Sonali Karnick in studio.


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Ross Murray contemplates politics

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for ross murray headshot.jpgOur Townships Columnist Ross Murray has considered politics. But he's not interested in federal or political politics. He'd like to be king at the municipal level.

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday Update

mbaq.jpgMicheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has your rainy-day activity list:

Quebec Museum of Fine Arts takes on fashion

Lyonel Feininger. Du Bauhaus à Manhattan at the Museum of Fine Arts, Montréal

Dieu(x) Modes D'Emploi in Gatineau
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Patrick Watson: Adventures in his own backyard/apartment

AIYOB.jpgSonali Karnick met with Patrick Watson and his band just weeks before the release of their latest album "Adventures In Your Own Backyard".  It was recorded entirely in their Montreal apartment which Watson and his bandmates turned into a recording studio. 
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The Montreal Stars compete for the Clarkson Cup

ClarksonCup.pngThe Montreal Stars are the defending champions of the top prize in professional women's hockey.
You can watch all of the games at the Clarkson Cup live streaming this weekend. 

L'Épicerie Food Column: weight loss and cookie trends

speculoos_8.jpgWeight loss has as much to do with what's already in your body as what you put into your body.  Caroline Paulhus from Radio-Canada's TV show l'Epicerie spoke with Sonali Karnick about how terribly hard it is to lose weight and keep it off.


Caroline also brought in the latest craze in cookies.  Speculoos is made in the Netherlands and Belgium but it is catching on here in a format other than cookies.

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Ski Report

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for kevin gasior edited 2.JPGKevin Gasior warns skiers to get on the slopes while they can.  There are a record number of event cancellations because of the warm weather.

Fun events coming up at Stoneham
Tremblant still open for a few more weeks.
Killington Spring Skiing.
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Silent film at Atwater Library

The-Cabinet-of-Dr-Caligar-006.jpgAfter the success of the Oscar-winning movie L'Artiste, people are "talking" about silent films.
Saturday night, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari will be screening at the Atwater Library. It's a1920's horror movie and a silent picture.  Jamie Woolard is the pianist that will be accompanying the screening on a vintage 1920's piano.  She spoke with Sonali Karnick about the challenge of this kind a live performance.


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Tourism Quebec: Saturday Update

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has Saturday's to-do activity list:

Outaouais film Festival (Gatineau)

The National Home Show (Montreal)

Festival Beauceron de l'érable
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135th St Patrick's Day parade in Richmond

richmond irish.jpgThe St.Patrick's Day parade in Montreal is the oldest and largest in the province but the small town of Richmond in the Eastern Townships has been holding its own parade about as long as the local St Patrick's Society has existed: 135 years.

There are just over 3,000 people living there and 400 of them are card-carrying members of the St Patrick's Society. The Celtic cross in the downtown park is another indication of the town's attachment to its roots. Mark O'Donnell is the current president of the Richmond St.Patrick's Society, like his father before him. Peter Southam is writing a history of the Irish population of the Richmond area. He's also a retired history professor. They spoke with Sonali Karnick about the parade and the town's Irish roots.


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The life and (many) loves of King Edward VII

King_EdwardVII.jpgHe was the original Dirty Bertie. On Monday, in Quebec City, there's a lecture at the historic Morrin Centre about King Edward VII or, as he was known on the street, Dirty Bertie.
Amateur historian Sheryl Wright Mercer brings to light Edward's life, his pleasures and pastimes and his many loves. She'll also talk about the five days in 1860 that brought Queen Victoria's eldest son to Quebec City. He was just 18 at the time - and the trip to Canada was a sort of royal coming out for him. Queen Victoria didn't really ask him to do anything official after that.

Sonali Karnick spoke with Sherryl Wright Mercer about King Edward VII.

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Freaky Sundays: Global Warming

earthfromspace.jpgMcGill's "Freaky Fridays" myth-busting science lecture series this week looks at global warming.  Dr Paul Hoffman's talk will focus on climate and geology. Dr Hoffman is a Canadian geologist widely known for the theory of "Snowball Earth". He's earned many awards in his long career at the Geological Survey, Harvard University and more recently the University of Victoria.  Sonali Karnick spoke to him for All In A Weekend's Freaky Sundays.

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Listening carefully: the Salon Son et Image

Son et Image.jpgCD players may be as difficult to come by as VCR players according to the experts at the Salon Son et Image in Montreal.

The Salon has seen a lot of change in its 25-year history: from record players to digital sound systems, and TV sets to home cinemas. Now it also offers workshops to the public to help them figure it all out!  The Salon is also launching Classic Album Sundays, a public event that involves listening to a whole album, from beginning to end on a high-end system.

Michel Plante has been involved in the Salon for most of its 25 years and he spoke with Sonali Karnick about the event.
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Ross Murray from behind the lens

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for ross murray headshot.jpgOur columnist Ross Murray has worn glasses for many a year and he's fed up with being "framed" by pop culture as a geek.

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday Update

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has your Sunday to-do list with exhibits and activities in Quebec:

Univers de Michel Tremblay

Dinosaurs at the Redpath Museum

Sikwam at Tremblant
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Major League Soccer in Quebec: impact of Impact

Impact Braun&Wenger.JPGThe Montreal Impact play their first home game in Major League Soccer Saturday afternoon against the Chicago Fire at the Olympic Stadium. More than fifty-thousand people are going to the game and are hoping for a win on home turf.

Valmie Ouellet is already seeing changes in the sport. She's worked with soccer players at the national and provincial level and is now the technical director for the South Shore Regional  Soccer Association. She spoke with Sonali Karnick before the big home game.

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"Top Chef" judge Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons book.JPGFrom bad stir-frys to the best petit fours the world has to offer, Gail Simmons has tasted it.

The "Top Chef" judge and host of "Top Chef: Just Desserts" has a new book.  Talking With My Mouth Full takes us from the McGill ghetto to some of the most famous kitchens in the world.

As Sonali Karnick found out, it's not all caviar and champagne. Gail Simmons dropped by our studio.

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Ski Report

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for kevin gasior edited 2.JPGOur ski columnist Kevin Gasior says the season isn't over just yet.  There are plenty of hills that will be open through April.

Mont Saint-Sauveur

Mont Sainte-Anne

Defi Ski
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The Hunger for "The Hunger Games" books and movie

Hunger games.jpgForget Vampires! The Hunger Games could make the Twilight books and movies seem a mere 'blip.'  Suzanne Collins's first of three books have been smash among young adult readers. Now, fans will see their favourite characters leap to the big screen in The Hunger Games movie, which opens next week.

 One of those fans who will elbow her way to the front of the line is Erin Balser, from CBC Books.  Erin spoke with Sonali Karnick about the growing fandom around The Hunger Games.
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Tourism Quebec: Saturday Update

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec's Saturday to-do activity list:

Mid-Lent on Ile Aux Grues

Art film festival in Montreal (FIFA)

RedBull Crashed Ice
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Documentary of Margaret Atwood's "Payback"

si-atwood-payback-nfb.jpgThe documentary "Payback" is based on Margaret Atwood's best-selling book "Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth". The book is a look at the nature of debt, payback and revenge.

Montreal-born director Jennifer Baichwal adapted those themes into her documentary and spoke with Sonali Karnick.

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Where's the beef? In Abitibi!

steak.jpgWhen you think of the economy in the Abitibi-Temiscamingue region you probably think of mining and forestry. But agriculture is also an important part of the economy there.  Most of our  Quebec beef comes from that region. A group of researchers have been working on a project to market locally raised beef from cows that are only fed milk and grass. The project is still developing but it's starting to appear in a few specialty stores, and restaurants. The CBC's Marika Wheeler spoke with Sonali Karnick about the growing beef market in the region.

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About last night: The Montreal Impact lose their season opener

impact image.jpgThe Montreal Impact took on the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place yesterday for their season opener in Major League Soccer. It wasn't a debut the team wants to hang onto for a very long time. Montreal lost 2-nil to the Whitecaps yesterday, a week before their home opener at the Olympic Stadium.  Mike Wyman is a correspondent for The11.ca: a Canadian soccer website. Sonali Karnick spoke with him from Vancouver.

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A gallery of Google street view

9eyes.jpgMontreal new media artist Jon Rafman's photo exhibit: The Nine Eyes of Google Street View is on at the Centre Vu in Quebec City right now.  Rafman's show is made up of choice images culled from Google Street View: a man by a road side crying next to a smashed car, someone dressed as super hero napping on a park bench and other images that will definitely start a conversation.

 It's already caused a stir in the international press.  If you're in Quebec City you'll get a chance to see it. Jon Rafman spoke with Sonali Karnick about the exhibit.

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Frosty food fair at Montreal's Snow Village

snow village.jpgA number of Montreal top chef's are serving up street food at the Snow Village on Ile Saint Helene.  Among the chefs setting up at the Snow Village: Normand Laprise from Toque, Samuel Pinard from Salle a Manger and many more.

Sonali Karnick spoke with Gita Seaton, chef and co-owner at Nouveau Palais and Alex Winnicki, chef and co-owner of the Satay Brothers in the Atwater Market.
 

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Ross Murray, the loud-silent type

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for ross murray headshot.jpgOur columnist Ross Murray self-identifies as a not-so-strong and NOT-so-SILENT type, but this week he is making a lot of noise about keeping quiet.
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Tourism Quebec: Sunday Update à l'érable

maple bus.jpgMicheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has some ideas for unique sugar shacks in Quebec:

Urban Cabane à sucre

Sugar Shack on a bus

Cabane à cerises

Quebec Federation of Maple Syrup Producers
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The Montreal Impact kick off their season and their team

Impact.jpgThe Montreal Impact are in Vancouver tonight for the season opener against the Whitecaps. It's the first game ever for the team in Major League Soccer.  The home opener is March 17th at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal.  Sonali Karnick spoke with defenders Jeb Brovsky and Zarek Valentin who are new to Montreal but enthusiastic about this opportunity.  They're even learning French as much as they can!

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L'Épicerie food column: nutrition apps and tiramisu


tiramisu.jpgTiramisu, it's the classic Italian dessert.  Caroline Paulhus from the Radio-Canada food show L'Épicerie joined Sonali Karnick to talk about the sweet, no-bake dish and the nutritional content of just one small piece. Caroline also talks about new smartphone nutrition applications that count calories.

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Comedian John Wing doesn't spare his family

JohnWing.jpgComedian and author John Wing is a veteran of the stage and a regular on CBC Radio for The Debaters. He often pokes fun at his wife and children in his act on stage and he's not ashamed to do so.  John Wing performs this weekend at the Comedy Nest in Montreal and he spoke with Sonali Karnick about the ups and the one big downer of his career.
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Ski Report

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for kevin gasior edited 2.JPGKevin Gasior warns skiers about theft when you're at ski resorts.  It's a growing problem but it can be prevented most of the time.  Kevin has some suggestions for keeping your property safe and he's also got the latest on the ski conditions in Quebec and beyond.

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Dr.Mike Evans: Concussions

mike evans landscape 240 pixels.jpgMore than a year after being sidelined by a concussion, Sidney Crosby has once again been cleared for contact. He could be suiting up for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a matter of days.  Crosby's concussion saga has drawn a lot of attention to how serious and long-lasting the effects of a concussion can be. But even though there's heightened awareness, there's still a whole lot of confusion.


Our house doctor, Mike Evans, wants to clear up some of that confusion.  Mike brings more than a medical perspective to the debate.  He's also the father of three kids who play high-level sports, and a medical trainer for two of his kids' hockey teams. Dr.Mike spoke with Sonali Karnick.

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday Update

logo.pngMicheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has some ideas for activities around the province.

Quebec Car Show

The RV Show in Montreal

International Theatre Puppet Festival
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Baie-Comeau students research their anglophone past

CBC Radio's Breakaway (the afternoon show on the Quebec Community Network) broadcast live from Baie-Comeau last week. Rachelle Solomon reported on a project called "In Search of Yesterday".
Staff and students at Baie-Comeau High School are working on an inter-generational project: the students meet and interview seniors in the anglophone community. They're working towards creating an exhibition that will showcase the community's heritage.

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Cupcake Training Camp

Cupcake-Camp-Logo-SQ-300x262.pngThis training camp will only make you sweat if you run through the aisles of cupcakes.  Cupcake Training Camp is a cupcake sale in Montreal where the proceeds go to Kids Help Phone.  Sonali Karnick spoke with Bob le Chef, one of the organisers of the event, about what to expect at the sale.
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Swan Lake in Montreal

lac_Kiev_483x250.gifOne of the world's most revered ballets is returning to Montreal at Place des Arts. This timeless classic is rare treat for Montreal, the show isn't often performed in the city.
Vincent Warren is a dance historian and was once one of the principal dancers of the Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Back in the 1970s, he actually danced the role of the Prince in Swan Lake, here in Montreal. Vincent warren spoke with Sonali Karnick about the troubled past and the changes made to this classic ballet.


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Ross Murray: The optimist

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for ross murray headshot.jpgTownships columnist Ross Murray is feeling philosophical and just a bit silly. Here are his thoughts on the time-honoured question : is the glass half full or half empty?
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Home repairs for a leaky Spring

The days are getting longer and the snow banks might be shrinking just a little by now. It seems spring is almost around the corner but the season can take a serious toll on your home. With a little free time and a quick trip to the hardware store there's a lot you can do to stop the damage before it starts. Jorge Rodrigues is a home reno expert. He spoke with Sonali Karnick about how to weather the weather.

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday Update

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has more ideas for Winter Break if you're home with the kids this week.

Défi Nordique (Parc de la Maurice, Mauricie)

Festivalissimo (Cinéma Excentris Montréal)

Radio-Canada. A Story to Follow (Museum of civilisation, Québec City)

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"Pearls of the Far East" screening at AmérAsia film festival

Pearls-of-the-Far-East_web-1024x575.jpgOn Saturday night, the film "Pearls of the Far East" plays at the AmérAsia film festival. The movie is a Canada-Vietnam co-production. It looks at the lives of Vietnamese women of different generations, through seven short films.

The festival showcases the work of independent filmmakers of Asian-Canadian heritage as well as Asian inspired films. Sonali Karnick spoke with one of the actors in the film, Montrealer Thai-Hoa Le.

(Audio from this morning's interview to be added soon.)

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La Cabane, sugar shack chic

800px-Maple_syrup_bucket.jpgThe maple sap is running early in the Townships, and in Montreal, an urban version of the sugar shack is popping up in the old port.

Gourmet sugar shack restaurant La Cabane opens its doors for five weeks. 

This year's maple-flavoured menu will be created by up-and-coming chef Martin Juneau who was the gold-medal winner at last year's Canadian Culinary Championships. He also recently opened his own restaurant in little Italy, La Pastaga.

Martin Juneau spoke with Sonali Karnick about the updated menu and his own memories from sugaring off as a child.

Check out the menu for La Cabane.

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Muscato is the new must-have wine

Remember the Pinot Noir craze not so long ago, after the movie Sideways won an Oscar? That's nothing compared with the latest wine craze south of the border. It's "Muscato Madness"! 

Sales of the light bubbly white have exploded in the past two years. No doubt we'll see a lot of Muscato labels on local wine shelves as the weather warms up.

Shelley Boettcher is the Executive Editor of Wine Access magazine, and she spoke with Sonali Karnick about the joys of Muscato.

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Tourism Quebec - Saturday update

The kids are out to play this week!  It's March Break for most of the province and Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has some great ideas for March Break activities.

Festival International du Film pour Enfants de Montréal    

Sherbrooke Winter Carnival

Les Hivernades de Chicoutimi

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Ski Report

Kevin Gasior has the day's conditions and special events on the slopes in Quebec and beyond.

There are still some spots available if you would like to send your children to ski camp. Rod Roy has spaces available.  
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