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April 2012 Archives

Mabul (The Flood) opens in Quebec

dd-ov-jewish23_m_0503662187_part6.jpgMabul,  translated as The Flood, is the opening night feature at the Montreal Israel Film Festival later tonight. (The film opens in Quebec cinemas on May 4th).

Mabul received special mention at the Berlin International Festival last year.

It tells the story of a boy preparing for his Bar Mitzvah, while dealing with bullies at school and a troubled family.

The director, Guy Nattiv, spoke with Sonali Karnick.

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Same Time Next Year at the Segal Centre

segal_sametimerun_0591.jpgAn accountant and a housewife meet at a hotel on a weekend in 1951 and they fall in love --but they're both happily married. They decide to meet for just one weekend each year and they do over a period of 25 years.

That's the story of the award-winning romantic comedy Same Time Next Year. Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn played the couple in a 1978 movie. Tonight the play version opens at the Segal Centre.

R.H.Thompson
plays George:  Thompson is a Gemini and Genie-winning actor, whom you may also remember as Jasper Dale from "Road to Avonlea".

Michelle Giroux plays Doris:  Michelle Giroux is a veteran of the Stratford Sheakespeare Festival and Broadway- as well as a graduate of Montreal's National Theatre School. 

Both actors dropped by our studio to talk with Sonali Karnick about their on-stage rendez-vous.  (Photo, above, courtesy of Segal Centre, by Andrée Lanthier)  

 

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Plan ahead for summer camping in Quebec!

huttopia (sepaq).jpgThe summer may be weeks away, but if you like to spend time in Quebec's provincial parks in July and August, it's time to start thinking about it.

Campsites for the May long weekend are already going fast. In fact, you're already late -- reservations started in January!

And this weekend, you can start booking fishing chalets and the ready-made tents called huttopias - for 2013!

Jean Paget works for the SEPAQ which oversees provincial parks, wilderness reserves, and tourist resorts in the province.
He joined Sonali Karnick from our Quebec City studio to talk about what's new in the great outdoors.

(Above, a huttopia: image courtesy of SEPAQ)

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The Little Prince by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens

Didy Veldman with dancers.jpgThe Little Prince by Antoine de St-Exupéry has become a cult novel for readers around the world.

It's the story of an aviator whose plane breaks down in the Sahara, where he meets a little blond boy. It turns out the boy comes from Asteroid B-612, where he takes care of a rose that he loves. The boy and the man end up becoming friends as the boy tells him about other planets he's been to and what he's learned along the way.

There are Le Petit Prince translations in 210 languages and websites devoted to quotes from the novel.  But now, there's also an original ballet version of Le Petit Prince - without any words at all.

Didy Veldman created it for the Grands Ballets Canadiens. It opens this week at the Place des Arts in Montreal. She spoke with Sonali Karnick about the task of translating well-known words into steps.

(Photo of Didy Veldman, above left, by Jean-Laurent Ratel, courtesy of Les Grands Ballets.)

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Ross Murray: Quebec tabloid magazines

ross murray headshot.jpgOur Townships columnist Ross Murray flips through the pages of the Quebec tabloid magazines.Or what he imagines they're like (I'm not sure he actually reads them)

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A baby teaches lessons in the "Roots of Empathy" program

Roots-of-Empathy.jpgAn English school in Chibougamau is one of the few in the province participating in the "Roots of Empathy" program where a baby becomes the teacher.


The CBC's Marika Wheeler spoke with Sonali Karnick about the program and how the students respond to it.

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Tourism Québec: Sunday Update

samourai_signature_en.jpgMicheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec is back with more ideas for what to do this weekend.

Vues d'Afrique - Festival international de cinéma (Montréal)
Cinema parallèle, complexe Ex-Centris

Musee de la civilisation: Samourai (Quebec City)

International Dance day: Quebec Danse (Montreal)

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The Hat Goes Wild: Guy Sprung's creepy (and ironic) movie debut

TheHatGoesWild.jpgDrugs, death and bikers aren't what Suzanne had in mind for her CEGEP graduation.

But in the movie The Hat Goes Wild, the main character Suzanne and her four friends set off on a post-grad camping trip that goes from bad to big trouble.

The story is told through the home video of Suzanne - the same sort of approach they took in the very scary The Blair Witch Project.

Guy Sprung wrote and directed the movie. He's also currently the Artistic Director of Montreal's Infinithéâtre, as well as an actor and producer.

He spoke with Sonali Karnick about the many layers of irony - and fun - in making the movie.

(Click here to see the movie trailer.)

 

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Peter Hobbs: In the Orchard, the Swallows

in the orchard.jpgAuthor Peter Hobbs joins us to talk about his new short novel "In the Orchard, the Swallows." The Guardian describes it as "a beautiful, often painful, journey of a young man's doomed yearning for love".

The orchard in the title of this 'perfectly cut jewel of a book' is in northern Pakistan, where the swallows wheel over the branches of pomegranate trees. It is the former home of the main character, a nameless man punished with years in prison because of his love for the daughter of a powerful man. He returns home to recover - and deal with his past.

Peter Hobbs wrote this story in Montreal, though he's actually from England. He launched the book in town this week and dropped by our studio.

(Click here for a recent review of the book.)

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The year of the underdog: round 2 of the NHL playoffs

hockey-coyotes.jpgWith no Canadian teams left and marquee organisations eliminated, it's the battle of the less storied and underdog teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs now. To put this all in perspective, Sonali Karnick spoke with Eric Francis, a Calgary-based newspaper columnist, radio host and member of Hockey Night In Canada's Hotstove panel.
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Tourism Quebec: Saturday update

karateaffiche2012-opt.jpgMicheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec suggests a variety of activities for this cool spring weekend:

 

 

 

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Urban Seedling: organic vegetable gardeners for hire

tomato-yellow-cherry-photo.pngWe're encouraged these days to eat locally - and what could be more local than vegetables grown in your own backyard?

But those of us who live in cities often have limited space. And others feel they just don't have the time to plant a garden - or don't know how.

That's where Urban Seedling comes in. They're organic vegetable gardeners for hire.

They'll build you a vegetable garden, and take care of it too - while you get to eat all the fresh carrots, kale and peas yourself.

Tereska Gesing is one half of the couple that created that new business in Verdun. She talked with Sonali Karnick about the pleasures and benefits of growing very locally.

(Image courtesy of urbanseedling.com)

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Star Wars: Identity

star wars at sci centre edited.jpegCalling all Star Wars fans!  Star Wars: Identity opened this week at the Montreal Science Centre. It's an exhibition not to be missed. 

Sonali Karnick dropped by earlier this week and saw some incredible items from the Stars Wars films on display, including the original Darth Vader costume. They're out of the LucasFilm vault for the first time.  But there's more: the exhibition is also a journey of self-discovery. Is the force with you?

Sonali's guide was museologist Geneviève Angio-Morneau who was in charge of content development for Star Wars: Identity.

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Battle against aging by 14-year-old Tamar Sifri

Tamar Sifri.JPGOn Sunday, science students from around the province are gathering in Sherbrooke for the last day of the provincial Super Expo-Sciences competition.

More than a quarter-million dollars in prizes will be given out. Forty of the brightest of these students will then head on to the Canadian finals in Charlottetown.

One of those students is Montreal regional winner Tamar Sifri who attends The Study school. Her project is titled: The Battle Against Aging.  It has to be said, this is a battle she hasn't begun herself: she's only 14!

Tamar (above, left) spoke to Sonali Karnick from Expo-Sciences from Sherbrooke.

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1000 awesome things

thebookofevenmoreawesome.jpgFour years ago,  Neil Pasricha started blogging each week about one awesome thing in his life.   He dedicated himself to coming up with 1000 awesome things.  Things got awesome-er.  His list turned into 2 best-selling books and a speaking tour.  This week, he finally put the last item on the list. Neil Pasricha spoke with Sonali Karnick.
 
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Free legal information hotline

ajbm.jpgIt's the annual Legal Helpline,  the 25th year that the Young Bar Association of Montreal has offered this service. They're partnered up with the Quebec Bar and Éducaloi for the occasion.
Frederic Carle is the president of the Young Bar Association and he spoke with Sonali Karnick about the hotline.


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Ross Murray seizes the slogans

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for ross murray headshot.jpgThe Latin expression "carpe diem" is still a popular one.  It means "seize the day".   Our Townships columnist Ross Murray, inspired by Nike, has seized the opportunity to come up with his own variations on the phrase.

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Dogsledding in Kangiqsualujjuaq

dogsledding (Ainslie MacLellan).jpgSchool field trips generally involve bus rides to museums but kids in the Inuit village of Kangiqsualujjuaq recently had the chance to take a different sort of trip. They went on a dogsledding excursion.

CBC Radio's Ainslie MacLellan was along for the ride and she told Sonali Karnick all about this re-connection with traditional ways.

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday Update

Earth Day.jpgMicheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has your Sunday to-do activity list for Earth Day in Quebec:

The Biosphere (Montreal)

Earth Day Scavenger Hunt (Redpath Museum)

Expo Nature Rimouski

Earth Day in Quebec
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The Man Who Planted Trees, the puppet version

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As we head into Earth Day, a classic tale about caring for our planet is being re-told at the Theatre d'Outremont.

The Man Who Planted Trees, by French author Jean Giono, is the story of a shepherd who spends years planting trees and bringing life back to a desolate valley in the foothills of the Alps.

(You may recall that the story was also an Oscar-winning animated film hand-drawn and produced by Radio-Canada's Frédéric Back.)

Now it's the turn of Scotland's Puppet State Theatre.

Puppeteers Richard Medrington and Rick Conte are in Montreal for two shows today.

They joined Sonali in studio (Rick Conte stayed in character as the tree planter's dog - called Dog.)

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Mmmm....La Tartine Gourmande


la-tartine-gourmande-book-small.jpgBeatrice Peltre grew up in France in a food culture.

Then she travelled the world and became known to her friends as the French girl who talks about food all the time.

When she later set down roots in Boston, the food writer, stylist, and photographer started a food blog. A cookbook soon followed.

La Tartine Gourmande: Recipes for an Inspired Life is full of beautiful pictures and food that aims to be healthful - but above all, delicious. (It's also good for people who have problems with gluten.)

 Beatrice Peltre spoke to Sonali in our studio.
 

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Howard Shrier's new crime novel Boston Cream

Boston Cream cover.jpgOn the surface, David Fine seems like the ideal medical student at Harvard University: quiet and hard working.

But the main character in the crime novel Boston Cream has been up to a lot more than studying and it's up to Private Investigator Jonah Geller to find out what - and why this young Toronto man from a good Jewish family has gone missing.

Boston Cream is the latest crime novel by author Howard Shrier. He's a former Montrealler and a Concordia graduate who now lives and works in Toronto.

Howard Shrier is in Montreal for the Blue Metropolis literary festival and he joined Sonali in studio.

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Great Cloth Diaper Change event

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Earth Day is tomorrow and it's all about changing our habits.

Today in Montreal, there's an event that's all about changing...diapers.

Cloth diapers.

The Great Cloth Diaper Change is a global event - with the goal of beating their own Guinness World Record set last year.

Samantha Cockburn is a local organizer - and the owner of a Montreal cloth diaper service.

She joined Sonali Karnick in-studio.

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday update

cirque from cbc site.jpgMicheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec brings us these suggestions:

Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna show,  Vieux-Port, Montréal

The urban cabane-à-sucre experience at the Terasse Nelligan, Montreal

The Festival de films de Portneuf sur l'environnement in St-Casimir 

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Penny Plain: the end of the world...with puppets

PennyPlain(c)Trudie-1.jpgThe end of the world is coming --and there are strings attached!

Award-winning puppeteer Ronnie Burkett presents his latest production, Penny Plain, at Place des arts this week in Montreal.

Penny Plain is a marionette show about the end of the world. It's told with a dark sense of humour and off-beat characters - like the dog who sits in a chair and the woman who faces the coming apocalypse wearing armour. Ronnie Burkett dropped by to tell Sonali Karnick more about the show.

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Freedom Climbers of Poland

freedom climbers cover2.jpgClimbing to the top of Mount Everest is difficult enough. Getting there from post-war Poland was almost as challenging.

In the book Freedom Climbers, Bernadette McDonald tells the story of a group of mountain climbers in Poland who broke through oppression to travel around the world scaling the highest peaks.

They dealt with danger and tragedy - and achieved great things.

Author Bernadette McDonald told their story to Sonali Karnick.

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Twice lucky: survivor of Titanic and Empress of Ireland

empress poster.jpgYou've been hearing about it all week - and for weeks! - but today it is the actual 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

One of the stories you may not have heard is about the man who survived not only the Titanic, but also the sinking of the Empress of Ireland two years later.

The Empress went down off the coast near Rimouski. And that's where a local museum is telling William Clark's tale of two ships. Albéric Gallant plays the role of Clark at the Pointe-au-Pére maritime museum. He spoke with Sonali Karnick about the twin histories of the ships - and lucky Mr. Clark! 

(Image courtesy of  Pointe-au-Père maritime museum)  

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Ross Murray on how radio works, sort of

antique radio coils.jpgTownships columnist Ross Murray brings us the untold - and possibly untrue - story of how radio works.

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday update

snow geese in flight.jpgMicheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has your Sunday to-do list:

 Regard sur l'oie blanche (Baie-du-Febvre, Centre-du-Québec): Snow geese watching

Festival Vue sur la relève (Montreal): up and coming artists

Festival MMM (Montreal): world music

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ImagiNation Writers' Festival: The Book Madam

Julie Wilson book seen-reading-bookcover.jpgEveryone has a story to tell but getting it published is another...story.

This weekend, the English-language writers' festival ImagiNation in Quebec City addresses the problems faced by new writers.

Julie Wilson, known as "The Book Madam" is co-hosting a talk at the Morrin Centre on how to get ahead in the publishing world. Julie used to work for House of Anansi and just published her own collection of blog writings - Seen Reading.

She spoke with Sonali Karnick about the challenges for new authors.

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The Vegetarian Kitchen Table

vegetariancover.jpgVegetables take centre stage in the newest cookbook from chefs Igor Brotto and Olivier Guiriec.  The Vegetarian Kitchen Table Cookbook is a collection of meat-free recipes meant for everyone, whether they're vegetarian or not.

The cookbook features recipes from around world, including: chestnut pasta with pesto, green curry vegetables and jasmine rice and eggplant korma.

Chefs Brotto and Guiriec are both instructors at the Institut d'hotellerie et de tourisme du Québec. As Chef Brotto told Sonali Karnick, he isn't even vegetarian but felt compelled to write this book.
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Empty Bowls charity event

blue flower bowl.jpgPotters from across Quebec and beyond have donated their hand-made bowls for a charity event called "Empty Bowls". Participants can choose the bowl they like and, for $20, they get soup and bread, entertainment, and a beautiful bowl to take home. The money collected goes to organisations that fight hunger.

The event takes place this weekend and next in Montreal. Sonali Karnick met two of  the potters and organizers.

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Spring cleaning for books

img_7378-stack-of-books-q67-303x500.jpgIf your bookshelves have more than one layer per shelf, it might be time to de-clutter your collection. 

It can be difficult to let go of a really good book, but
our book columnist from CBC Books, Erin Balser gives it her best shot.

She spoke with Sonali Karnick about a few "novel" ideas to help you sort through that unwieldy stack of books. 

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday Update

val d'irene.jpgMicheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has your Saturday to-do list.

Aqua neige in the Gaspésie

Quebec City Book Fair

Festival intercollégiale de danse

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Coming up this weekend. . .

Thumbnail image for bulletin board.jpgSaturday's show

  • Spring cleaning your book collection
  • Fill up "Empty Bowls" for a good cause
  • Vegetables aren't just for side dishes
  • I wrote a book, now what?

Sunday's show

  • Blue Metroplis is back!
  • Twice lucky: surviving both the Titanic and the Empress of Ireland
  • Freedom Climbers, Bernadette McDonald's book about Polish climbers escaping post-war Poland  
  • The end of the world - as seen by marionnettes

Blue Met / Metropolis Bleu literary festival

LOGO-blue met.jpgMaria Turner, producer of the CBC Blue series in the Blue Met festival, joins us for a preview of what's to come from April 18 to 23 in Montreal.

Stefano Faita makes an Italian Easter classic

Stefano Faita.jpgItalians know how to eat, and they know how to celebrate! Easter is no exception. There are many different traditional Italian Easter dishes and  Chef Stefano Faita makes them with his own twist. Stefano hosts an afternoon cooking show on CBC TV: In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita.  He recently published a cookbook titled "Je cuisine Italien" - I cook Italian.

He was born and raised (and still lives!) in Montreal's Little Italy. His family owns the Quincaillerie Dante there - a store that sells everything from hunting rifles to high-end cookware.  Next door to the hardware store is the Mezza Luna cooking school.  It was started by Stefano's mother, Elena.  Elena taught Stefano everything he knows.

Sonali Karnick went to the cooking school to see how Stefano makes his Ricotta Pie. 

Stefano Faita's Ricotta Pie

ricotta pie.jpg2 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 1 hour or until firm when a knife is inserted into the centre. Serve at room temperate or warm.

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A young poet celebrates Poetry Month

the raven book.jpgIt's Easter, it's Passover, and it's finally spring. There's lots to celebrate. The month of April is also the time for another sort of celebration, Poetry Month.

Publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and poets across the country talk about the role poetry plays - and should play - in our lives.

Madison McLauchlin has no doubts about the importance of poetry. She's already a prolific writer and she's only 11.  Madison spoke with Sonali Karnick about her love of poetry and shared some of her poems.

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Pantone's "it" colour for a new season

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Most of us have already seen the bright colours of spring by now: new grass growing, flowers just starting to bloom. 

But there are also the "IT" colours for the spring season - one or two particular colours that show up on fashion runways, in homewares and cars. There's a reason for that.
 
Every spring and fall, the Pantone Color Institute comes up with a palette of colours that they say reflects the current mood. The fashion industry pays attention and then the rest of us do too.
Leatrice Eiseman is the executive director of the institute. She spoke with Sonali Karnick from Pantone's office in the state of Washington.
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Chocolate's matchmaker

chocolate-cp-9502664.jpgAt Easter, children get to stuff their faces with chocolate. Creamy milk chocolate, fancy dark chocolate or white chocolate in the form of eggs and bunnies and whatever else that can be made into a treat for the season.

Adults can branch out of the generic confections if they want to explore the possibilities of chocolate. It can be combined with unusual flavours like chocolate and basil, or chocolate with fig and balsamic vinegar.
Sonali Karnick went to "Les Chocolats de Chloé" to learn more about some of those odd pairings. Chloé Fredette-Gervais is one of Montreal's best-known chocolatiers.


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A fresh look at Passover

RabbiAigen-176x265.jpgRabbi Ronald Aigen, has a new outlook on a this very ancient Jewish celebration. He's the author of "Wellsprings of Freedom". It's a reinterpretation of the Haggadah - the Jewish text that tells the story of the Exodus from Egypt and the ritual of the Passover Seder.

All of the traditional elements are there, but they have a contemporary explanation. Even the coming of the Messiah has a different meaning in this Haggadah. Rabbi Ronald Aigen is the spiritual leader of the Reconstructionist Congregation Dorshei Emet in Montreal. He spoke with Sonali Karnick.

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The art of writing Pysanky (Ukranian Easter eggs)

Ukrainskie_pisanki.jpgEvery Easter, we see those colourful, intricately illustrated Ukrainian eggs. They're called pysanky.

Those little drawings on the eggs - the flowers, lines and stars - are actually symbols with very specific meanings,  a tradition that actually pre-dates Christianity.
 
Gerry Zerebecky is a pysanky artist and enthusiast in Saskatoon. You can find Gerry's eggs at the local gift shop of the Ukrainian Museum of Canada. Gerry explained the process of creating the designs and what they mean in a conversation with Sonali Karnick.
 

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David McGimpsey talks about Li'l Bastard

lilbastard.jpgApril is Poetry Month, and David McGimpsey is one of those poets who's keeping the genre up-to-date. Baseball, beer and a failed novel are just some of the topics he covers in his latest book. Lil Bastard is a collection of sonnets, or 128 "Chubby sonnets".

The poems explore McGimpsey's travels through North America, his passions and his  obsessions, including an obsession with "Barnaby Jones" as he told Sonali Karnick.

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Patrick Watson's new release in familiar territory

Patrick Watson band.jpegIn just a few days, Patrick Watson and the band release their new album Adventures in Your Own Backyard
A few weeks ago, you may have heard Sonali Karnick's tour of their studio. She also spoke with them about the new collection of songs and what inspired them to stay home physically and musically.

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Ross Murray Springs into action

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for ross murray headshot.jpgAnd now, a sales pitch - for Spring 2012. Quebec columnist Ross Murray looks beyond the tender green buds of the season to bring us his take on the joys of spring.

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Sam Eetap, politician turned Chef in Oujé-Bougoumou

Sam eetap.jpgThe CBC's Marika Wheeler recently returned from a trip to the Cree community of Oujé-Bougoumou. That community is about 45 minutes west of Chibougamau in Northern Quebec.
While she was there, she met Sam Eetap; a politician and former negotiator for the Cree who decided he wanted to do something totally different when he retired. He wanted to be a chef.
Marika spoke with Sonali Karnick about Sam's new life.
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Tourism Quebec: Saturday Update

Easter.jpgMicheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has some Easter weekend ideas for the family:

Egg Hunts:

Musée du Château Dufresne

Ecomuseum (Ste-Anne de Bellevue, Montreal)

Musée de la culture populaire (Mauricie)



Shopping mall petting zoos:

Laurier (Quebec City)

Place Fleur de Lys

Galeries de la Capitale

Carrefour de l'Estrie

Galeries de Granby

Place Versailles


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Best Recipes Ever for Easter

Kary Osmond.pngEaster, if you celebrate it, is the kind of holiday that has a good deal of the fun of the Christmas season but a lot less pressure. That means there's still some quiet moments left to refine your plans for those special meals you're serving over the next few days.

Kary Osmond, host of Best Recipes Ever on CBC television, spoke with Sonali Karnick about how to prep and maybe shake up the Easter feasts.

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Charity Poker: a how-to of Texas Hold'em

poker in the pool.jpgIn honour of Infinite Theatre's Poker in the Pool charity tournament, All In A Weekend had a poker lesson for those who may want to throw down their chips tonight. Ken Doran is a professional poker tournament animator. He gave Sonali Karnick and special guests Lisa-Marie Breton Lebreux and Vanessa Davidson a lesson on Texas Hold'em.
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Clarkson Cup Champion Montreal Stars back home

Clarkson Cup MTL.jpgThey don't get paid, they don't get a whole lot of recognition, and most people have no idea what the Clarkson Cup is anyway. If you're going to play women's hockey in this country, you better do it for the love of the game.
Lisa-Marie Breton Lebreux and Vanessa Davidson know those challenges all too well but it hasn't stopped them from playing and winning.


A week ago, they won the top prize in women's professional hockey in North America, the Clarskson Cup, for the second conescutive year with the Montreal Stars.  Lisa-Marie and Vanessa joined Sonali Karnick in studio.
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Tea Hunter Kevin Gascoyne in India

Thumbnail image for Kevin Gascoyne.jpgIt's tea hunting season for the team at Camellia Sinensis. Camellia Sinensis is the name of a group of tea shops in Montreal and Quebec City. Every spring, the four tea aficionados who run the business head to Asia to shop for fresh supplies. Kevin Gascoyne is their Darjeeling expert.
This is his 19th tea tour. His search for new teas has taken him once again to a tea garden in the Darjeeling district of northern India, near the Nepalese border where Sonali Karnick reached him on the phone.

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Columnist Ross Murray

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Are you planning to prank anyone today? There's a long history of fooling on April Fool's Day as our columnist Ross Murray tells us.
Or maybe it's just a joke...

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday Update

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has an alternative to the usual sugar shack activities: Spas in Quebec that use maple-based products.

Maple Scrub at Manoir Victoria

Maple Sugar Body Polish at Spa Eastman

Maple beauty treatments at Médi Spa Victoriaville
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